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The atrocities of the Holocaust are the focus of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day in late January, but the observation of Yom HaShoah in late April is a date on the Jewish calendar set aside specifically to remember the nearly 6 million Jewish victims of the Nazis and their collaborators. 

There is a violin shop in Tel Aviv, whose owner has spent the past two decades repairing violins that belonged to Jewish musicians during the holocaust.

These "Violins of Hope," he says, give a voice to the voiceless.

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Amnon Weinstein grew up in Tel Aviv surrounded by ghosts. His parents, Jews from Eastern Europe who moved to what in 1938 was known as Palestine, rarely spoke of the 400 family members killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust. In the 2014 book "Violins of Hope" by James A. Grymes, Weinstein recalls growing up in a household whose grief kept them from speaking about those lost family members; a home haunted by the tears of refugees crying themselves to sleep in the Weinstein's guestroom.

Edwin Black

Feb 17, 2016

Best-selling international investigative author Edwin Black comes to Southwest Florida for a series of speaking events Feb. 21-24 including the inaugural “Author-in-Residence” program at the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida.  Black, the son of Holocaust survivors, focuses his work on topics related to human rights, genocide, corporate crime, and government corruption to name a few.

Holocaust survivor, author, public speaker, human rights activist and educator Eva Mozes Kor will tell her story at Florida Gulf Coast University Nov. 23.  At the age of 10, Kor was sent to the Nazi’s Auschwitz concentration camp where her parents and two older sisters were killed.  Eva and her twin sister Miriam became part of a group of about 3,000 children who were abused in horrific genetic experiments under the direction of Dr. Josef Mengele.