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Book Review: Voices in Exile

Book Review: Voices in Exile

“By banning Jewish composers, Hitler’s Reich amputated an essential limb from the body of German cultural continuity,” writes Michael Haas in his groundbreaking book on Jewish musicians persecuted by the Third Reich, entitled Forbidden Music: The Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis, published by Yale University Press in April. The former producer of Decca’s ‘Entartete […]

A Goy at the Gala

A Goy at the Gala

“Do you speak German?” asked a lady in her 40s, to my left. I hadn’t said much. I had accepted an invitation to the jubilee…

Restaurant Hebenstreit: Dining for Intellectuals

Restaurant Hebenstreit: Dining for Intellectuals

“Let’s have coffee in the living room,” fellow students would often say as we left class at the University of Vienna some 20 years ago.…

Out of Golan in 30 Days

On 12 June, the UN in New York announced that soldiers from the Fiji Islands will replace the 380 Austrian troops of the UNDOF peacekeeping…

Book Review: Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Book Review: Erich Wolfgang Korngold

“The genuine artist creates at a distance from his own time, even for a time beyond,” wrote the composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold in October, 1955,…

Stronach’s Test in Tyrol

There was one consolation for Frank Stronach in the regional elections in Tyrol on 28 April: His namesake…

GmbH-Neu: Easing Business Start-ups

On 22 March, Justice Minister Beatrix Karl and Economics Minister Reinhold Mitterlehner presented the government’s proposal for revised…

Favoriten: Migrants and More

Favoriten: Migrants and More

Since last Dec., Vienna’s 10th District of Favoriten has once again been connected to the wider world, as…

Cash for Law

“There were probably only a handful of people that have caused such enormous damage to [this country’s] reputation…

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