Power of music: East Meadow man restores Holocaust era violins

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An East Meadow man's restoration work on Holocaust era violins is making the power of music possible again for survivors and their families. 

Tucking the violin beneath her chin, Geri Kushner's hand trembles from the weight of history.

A family legacy cherished by Geri and her sister Caro, because it was nearly lost in a place of unspeakable horror.

The Kushner family heirlooms, two violins and a viola, were once played by family members in Jewish ghettos, hideouts and concentration camps.

One violin belonged to their mother, who almost lost her life when the Nazis confiscated the instrument on Kristallnacht.

In East Meadow, their family legacy is born again and it's in David Herman's tiny basement workshop where the musical resurrection begins.

For the master violin maker, the goal was not just to make beautiful music, but to give voice to millions who were silenced in one of humanity's darkest chapters.

Herman's aunt and twin 5-year-old cousins were among those murdered by the Nazis.

To honor their memory, Herman made it his mission to restore violins that survived the Holocaust, free of charge.

The Kushner's trio of instruments arrived at his workshop scarred by the war years, but Herman's talented, weathered hands brought them back to life.

 

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