… for another 11 months, unless there is a determined change of policy.
I have written a piece on Bloomberg Muse today, summarising the difficulties the orchestra has got itself into as a result of its persistent sexual and racial discrimination and the untold secrets of its Nazi past.
Over the coming year, the 75th since Hitler’s Anschluss, we may discover the dirty deal the orchestra did with the genocide regime in order to found its New Year’s Day concert. The source may lie in the VPO’s unbroken post-War relationship with Baldur von Schirach, the Gauleiter who rounded up Vienna’s Jews and sent them to their deaths. Several historians are working on the case.
The VPO’s best friend: Schirach in 1940 and, out of jail, in 1966.