Pope Francis has written a letter to his friend Rabbi Abraham Skorka of Buenos Aires on the occasion of Holocaust Memorial Day which is marked on January 27th. The letter will be read out Monday evening at a concert in Rome entitled “Violins of Hope”.
the hand written letter to Rabbi Abraham Skorka, the Pope the describes
the Holocaust as a horror and a disgrace to humanity that must never be
It will be read out on Monday evening at a concert at Rome’s
Parco della Musica entitled “Violins of Hope” commemorating Holocaust
The Pope writes that the audience will be hearing
pieces including works by Barber, Vivaldi and Beethoven, but he stresses
that behind the sound of music, the hearts of each of those present
will be able to make out the silent sound of tears.
To add to
the poignancy of the evening, twelve violins that survived the Holocaust
will be played together for the first time at the concert. The
instruments were discovered and restored by Israeli violin maker Amnon
Among them is a violin that accompanied the deportees
to the gas chambers of Auschwitz and another one thrown from a train en
route to the camp.