Chapter: Imagination

Prisoner of War Violin 1915

"From adversity to beauty."
WWI violin made from chair seat & bed leg by Brandon internment camp detainee Prisoner of War Violin


This violin was handmade from wood from the seat of a chair and the leg of a bed by Brandon internment camp detainee John Melnick (POW #457), a prisoner of war in 1915.

We know what was used to make the violin because the materials used in its construction is written inside the violin.

For more information on the Brandon Internment Camp visit the Manitoba Historical Society’s page “Enemies Within Our Gates