Strings of Inspiration

  • 5200 Old Mill Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46807
  • (260) 744-4245
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  • Presented By: Congregation Achduth Vesholom
  • Dates: October 29, 2019
  • Location: Congregation Achduth Vesholom
  • Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Price: Free
  • Wheelchair Accessibility: Yes
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Tragic Loss and Courageous Survival in the Women’s Orchestra of Auschwitz-Birkenau

The women’s orchestra at Auschwitz-Birkenau was the most eclectic, the most unique, the most controversial, and without any question, the most zealously documented gathering of female musical talent the world has ever known. By many regards, it was also the most inspiring. Temple member, Bruce Colegrove, will share with the Fort Wayne community some of the most remarkable events in the life of this group – and also the context of brutal horror in which those events occurred.

Bruce Colegrove is a long-standing Hebrew teacher at Achduth Vesholom and a twenty-year faculty member at Canterbury High School. Five years ago he decided to teach a "May term" course on Music in the Holocaust and has since become an ardent researcher in Holocaust studies. Bruce is always delighted to welcome visits to his web-site: