Temple member Bruce Colegrove returns on Wednesday, February 17 at 7 p.m. on Zoom with more stories of some of the most remarkable events in the life of the women’s orchestra at Auschwitz-Birkenau.
He first shared incredible stories of these women in fall 2019 when the Violins of Hope programming captivated members of the Fort Wayne community.
This time around Bruce will turn his focus to the ironic tragedy that befell the Jews of Hungary. As before, Bruce will share some recent discoveries in his research. He will discuss two Jewish women whose exemplary skill with the violin earned them a place in the women's orchestra at Auschwitz.
The first of these women toured the capitals of Europe with her band of Gypsy boys, and then succeeded Alma Rosé as the leader of the orchestra. The second was a young beauty who arrived at Auschwitz as a pregnant newlywed, and then languished in near oblivion - up to this very day.
Bruce describes the women’s orchestra as the most eclectic, the most unique, the most controversial, and, without any question, the most zealously documented gathering of female musical talent the world has ever known. By many regards, it was also the most inspiring.
An ardent researcher in Holocaust studies, Bruce is the developer of the website Women’s Orchestra of Auschwitz-Birkenau. He is a long-standing Hebrew teacher at Achduth Vesholom and a 20-year faculty member at Canterbury High School.
The link will be sent to our Temple family in our weekly email. Guests are welcome to attend. Please contact the Temple office for access information at firstname.lastname@example.org or (260) 744-4245.