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Pavel's Violin: A Song of Hope
From 1942 - 1945, Paul (Pavel, in Czech) was a prisoner in the Terezin and Auschwitz concentration camps. He survived the camps, and the final Death March from Auschwitz. Pavel had been a violinist before the war, and after his escape his brother found a "not so new but nice" violin for Pavel to play. Pavel lost many members of his family in the camps, but a few survived. ...more
Kindle Edition, 466 pages
Published May 17th 2017 by Moon Spruce Press
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This book is one of those books that will stay with you a very long time. I read the author's notes after finishing this remarkable book. I am also a student of music and am so amazed about how music can inspire people. Melnyk was inspired to tell this haunting yet hopeful story when he became the owner and player of Pavel's Violin. The story is real, a vivid accountant of the people who lived through an unthinkable time in our history. Melnyk writes: "I hope you will not just learn about what ...more
Walter William Melnyk is a novelist, poet, violinist and weaver. He lives in a small log cabin atop a wooded mountain in Tennessee. Melnyk now plays the actual "Pavel's Violin," which he received from his Czech teacher, who is a member of Pavel's family. The experience of researching and writing the novel moved him to adopt Judaism, as a member of the Society for Humanistic Judaism. He is donating ...more