Holocaust http://wrti.org en A Holocaust Tale Unfolds On Two Levels http://wrti.org/post/holocaust-tale-unfolds-two-levels Composer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15670424/dmitri-shostakovich" target="_blank">Dmitri Shostakovich</a> called it a perfect masterpiece without ever having seen it performed. <em>The Passenger</em>, an opera about the Holocaust, was written nearly half a century ago, but was only given its first full performance just three years ago.<p>Now it's getting its U.S. premiere at the Houston Grand Opera. Sat, 01 Feb 2014 15:03:00 +0000 NPR Staff 6963 at http://wrti.org A Holocaust Tale Unfolds On Two Levels VIOLINS OF HOPE: Instruments From The Holocaust http://wrti.org/post/violins-hope-instruments-holocaust Amnon Weinstein first encountered a violin from the Holocaust 50 years ago. He was a young violin maker in Israel, and a customer brought him an old instrument in terrible condition and wanted it restored.<p>The customer had played on the violin on the way to the gas chamber, but he survived because the Germans needed him for their death camp orchestra. He hadn't played on it since.<p>"So I opened the violin, and there inside there [were] ashes," Weinstein says.<p>Weinstein was horrified; were these incinerated remnants of concentration camp victims? Mon, 16 Apr 2012 00:24:41 +0000 editor 3770 at http://wrti.org VIOLINS OF HOPE: Instruments From The Holocaust