The orchestra has – as promised by its chairman, Clemens Hellsberg – posted on its website a full and independent account of its activities from the Anschluss with Germany in March 1938 to the end of the War. You can read the reports of three historians, along with memoirs by former players, in a series of documents in German here. An English translation is in preparation.
The exercise conducted by Hellsberg and the historians is altogether commendable. It is, however, not enough.
What is needed now is an investigation into how Helmut Wobisch, an SS storm-trooper from 1934 to 1945, was allowed to resume his post as solo trumpet in the orchestra in 1950 and to be elected as its manager in 1953, maintaining his contact with former Nazi rulers such as the Vienna Gauleiter Baldur von Schirach. In a cooperative like the Vienna Philharmonic, there are few secrets. Many musicians will have known of Wobisch’s past and his subsequent activities. The orchestra conspired in a cover-up about its manager. That conspiracy remains to be cleansed.