My article in el Pais this morning was given a slightly inflammatory headline, perhaps lost in translation. I had written that the orchestra has been exposed by three independent historians as ‘willing instruments of a murderous regime’.
On second thoughts, considering the terrible fate of the 13 musicians it expelled 75 years ago and the orchestra’s prolonged cover-up of its complicity in Nazi outrages, I’m happy with the terror headline in el Pais. What happened to Jews and dissidents in Vienna during the Anschluss in March 1938 and again during Kristallnacht in November that year was nothing less than state-organised terror.
Here, for Spanish readers is the el Pais essay. I will write another later in the week.
Also worth reading is an in-depth report from the Guardian.