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Ambivalent Loyalties — The Vienna Philharmonic between National Socialism and Post-War Austria
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Lecture
Wednesday, February 28, 10am
Dr. Silvia Kargl, Historical Archivist, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Dr. Friedemann Pestel, Historian, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
This lecture is part of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Residency at Artis—Naples.
The Vienna Philharmonic occupied a special position under the Nazi regime: a private association in a cultural-political environment that imposed repressive rules of institutional and ideological conformity. In order to preserve its self-administrative structures, traditions and performance capacity, the orchestra actively cooperated with the Viennese Nazi authorities after the integration of Austria into the German Reich in 1938. The personal ties and networks established during the war years between the orchestra’s administrators and Viennese governor Baldur von Schirach lasted well into the post-war period. In 2015, building on previous initiatives, the Vienna Philharmonic’s management charged Silvia Kargl and Friedemann Pestel to explore hitherto unknown sources on the Nazi years both in the orchestra’s own archives and in other collections. These documents — many of them now studied for the first time — include business files, correspondences, private papers or collected press articles that provide new insights into the orchestra’s history, not only during the Nazi era but across the entire 20th century.
In their lecture, Kargl and Pestel present these new findings in relation with the research already undertaken over the last years. Embarking on the question as to how the Vienna Philharmonic’s Nazi past has become an issue of public and international controversy since the 1980s, they focus on the orchestra’s principal actors under the Nazi regime, shed light on victims of racial and political persecution and discuss the orchestra’s ambivalent relationship to the Viennese Nazi administration. They will also demonstrate how these personal networks continued into the post-war period until the 1970s and impacted the orchestra’s long-lasting silencing of its role during the Nazi years.
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The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra residency at Artis—Naples is generously sponsored by Kimberly K. Querrey and Louis A. Simpson. The Visiting Orchestras series is generously sponsored by Collier County Tourist Development Council.