Joe’s Violin and the healing power of music

Here’s your daily dose of sweetness:

Might we suggest you take a break from the noise of news and spend 24 minutes watching the story of Joseph Feingold, who heard a classical radio station ask for used instruments and donated his.

He had purchased it in exchange for some cigarettes in a Siberian labor German camp, his mother and his youngest brother were both killed at Treblinka.

It’s now in the hands of the daughter of Dominican immigrants. She attends school in the Bronx, the poorest congressional district in the United States, the New Yorker writes.

The story is part of a new documentary film.

It’ll make your day.

Joe is 93 now. He still listens to classical music on the radio.

Related: Play it Forward (Classical MPR)

  • rallysocks

    pondering the lives described in these last two posts offers a buffet line of food for thought when compared to today. Two incredibly decent survivors…

  • Jay Sieling

    Wow. Definitely worth the time to watch this. What a great story, that will continue. Music and story are so powerful together. At first Joe thought it a wasn’t a big deal, just getting rid of something he didn’t use any more. But an instrument is more than a thing – it is an instrument to bring music and story together. Every one tells a tales. They are full of stories. Stories matter. Music matters. Share both, often.

  • helena

    Thanks for sharing this – really enjoyed the story. Though, minor correction, the video says he picked up the violin while at a Displaced Persons camp after the war in Germany, not while he was in the labor camp in Siberia

  • jon

    There was a movie… “The red violin” that followed a violin made in the 1600’s through to present day… I recall it from my childhood…. worth the watch as I recall.