I read this article and it reminds me of the thoughts I had while I was playing my German made violin dated during the holocaust. (I have kept it in storage now as it has a more mellow and dark tone that is not my preference) I often wondered how and when it could have been made during the precarious war times in Germany and who commissioned him to do so; the first tunes (perhaps haunting tunes?!) and audience it was played to. If opportunity permits, it would certainly be interesting to be able to trace its origins. A reminder that when we own an antique instrument it is not just a violin but a piece of history.
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