Founding father of Violins of Hope Amnon Weinstein Receives French Legion of Honor


The revered Tel Aviv luthier Amnon Weinstein, who repairs and restores violins that had been broken through the Holocaust, has obtained one among France’s highest honors for his work.

Eric Danon, the French ambassador to Israel, visited Weinstein’s workshop in celebration of the award, which was established by Napoleon in 1802.

Although Weinstein himself is barely too younger to have any reminiscences of the Holocaust, the collective reminiscence of the horrors inflicted throughout that point runs deep by his household.

Weinstein’s dad and mom, Moshe and Golda, arrived in Palestine from Poland in 1938. Whereas they didn’t comprehend it on the time, they had been to be the one family members who didn’t perish within the Holocaust.

Weinstein grew up in Moshe’s violin store, and adopted in his father’s footsteps, coaching as a luthier in Cremona and Paris. He first made Holocaust-damaged devices his focus when a violinist who had been held in Auschwitz approached him within the late Nineteen Eighties, asking if something might be executed for his instrument.

Since that point, Weinstein has restored roughly 120 violins as a part of the Violins of Hope challenge. He says that his restoration work permits long-dead violinists to talk by their devices, which regularly arrive damaged, cracked, or coated in grime.

“Once I obtain the violins, I attempt to put my feelings apart, however after I hear their story, it is wonderful, typically I can not even contact them,” mentioned Weinstein of his work. “For me, a very powerful factor is when the violin is completed and it’s performed once more for the primary time.”

“Though right now I’m used to it, it’s one thing that impresses me each time,” he added. “It’s essential that these violins communicate for six million Jews: always remember.”

You’ll be able to learn extra about Weinstein and his work on the Violins of Hope web site.