Young boy playing his violin in
the Warsaw Ghetto, Poland

As we focus on telling the stories of the violins, it is important to understand the background and history of music and how it played a role in Nazi occupation.

During the Holocaust, music played many different roles. From the rise of Nazi power in Germany to the end of World War II, governments and individuals used music for a variety of reasons:

  • Politics and Propaganda
  • Resistance
  • Responses
  • Memory

Please take a moment to go through the Violins of Hope Teacher's Guide to learn more about the importance and use of music during the Holocaust. In the guide you will find historical resources, discussion guides and questions, profiles on Virginia Survivors and information about the violins.

Should you have any questions about the guide or educational programming please contact Megan Ferenczy, Director of Education, Virginia Holocaust Museum,

Boleslaw “Bud” Brodecki
Holocaust Survivor
Source: Virginia Holocaust Museum