THE HELEN AND JOE FARKAS CENTER
FOR THE STUDY OF THE HOLOCAUST
IN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
at Mercy High School
Honoring Holocaust survivors and bringing them together with today's students
Save the Date!
Courage and Spirit – Thursday April 2, 2020
In commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 21, 2020, an audience of close to 300 honored Holocaust-era violins, lovingly restored by Amnon and Avshi Weinstein, father and son craftsmen. Featured were concert violinists Hannah Tarley and Sevil Ulucan Weinstein who played four beautiful pieces on the restored Holocaust-era instruments.
Mercy students led the event, introducing speakers and doing a dramatic reading. Eleven girls from the school’s acting class interpreted lines from Odette Meyers’ Doors to Madame Marie, a memoir of a young Jewish girl’s experiences in Nazi-occupied France.
Elaina LeGault and Jane Mauchly, Mercy teachers and Farkas Center board members, concluded the event by presenting a student-made banner that read, “In an ugly time, the best protest is beauty,” a line from James Grymes’ 2014 book that tells the Violins of Hope story. The banner portray symbols, religious and every-day, expressing how Mercy students find hope amid hardship.