The Return of the Violin chronicles the odyssey of a 301-year-old Stradivarius, now played by Joshua Bell. Bell, Sigmund Rolat and Budd Mishkin discuss the film after a screening.
Told through the eyes of holocaust survivor Sigmund Rolat who is responsible for the film, the movie reveals the violin’s relationship to Polish violinist Bronislaw Huberman, a legendary humanitarian who saved Europe’s premiere Jewish musicians by forming the Palestine Orchestra. The film fulfills Rolat’s dream of seeing the instrument return to his hometown where Bell performed with the Czestochowa Orchestra in 2009 in conjunction with efforts to open the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. Following the film, Joshua Bell and Sigmund Rolat will discuss this remarkable instrument’s journey.