I read this book in anticipation of the Maltz Museum’s exhibit of the same name (http://www.maltzmuseum.org/news/violins-of-hope-cle/). It is always difficult to read about the Holocaust. Still, I appreciated Grymes’ attention to detail, especially in the Norway section. And the focus on music, and the violins in particular, brought up some interesting questions. Some wondered how the Nazis could both love music and do what they were doing (see, I can’t even name it). Some saw their love for the music as evidence that some humanity remained. Also, I began to wonder how the other Jews felt about the musicians getting special treatment. Certainly, they were not the only group singled out and protected. But I would have liked Grymes to explore this question a bit more.
I am eager to see the exhibit and participate in some of the associated programming.