27 January is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. To mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945, members of the Berlin Philharmonic will play a special chamber concert this evening, using the instruments of Jewish musicians who fled from the Nazis in Germany or survived the Holocaust. The instruments come from the collection of Tel Aviv-based luthier and collector Amnon Weinstein, and will be on display at the Berlin Philharmonie at a special exhibition entitled ‘Violinen der Hoffnung’ (Violins of Hope) from today until 22 February.




A violin made by Warsaw-based Jewish luthier Yaakov Zimmerman




Instruments, letters and scores on display at the Berlin Philharmonie concert hall

All photos © Peter Adamik

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