Vienna museum focuses on Salzburg Festival’s Jewish artists; also spotlights those who profited during Nazi era

Posted on: August 17, 2021

“Last year, the Salzburg Festival dialed back centenary celebrations to pay tribute to its Jewish artists who were expelled or murdered by the Nazi regime,” writes A.J. Goldmann in Friday’s (8/13) New York Times. “During a small ceremony, 28 ‘stolperstine,’ or golden ‘stumbling stones,’ commemorating those artists were laid on Max Reinhardt Platz, a square named for the German theater impresario and a founder of the festival who died in exile in New York in 1943. ‘Everyman’s Jews: 100 Years Salzburg Festival,’ an exhibit on view at the Jewish Museum Vienna until Nov. 21, shines a spotlight on … singers, musicians, directors, conductors and actors who contributed to the success and international renown of the Salzburg Festival in its first two decades. Curated by Marcus G. Patka and Sabine Fellner, ‘Everyman’s Jews’ features objects from Mr. Reinhardt’s estate.… The show also charts the fortunes of the German and Austrian artists who profited from the cultural policies of the Nazis, including the conductors Wilhelm Furtwängler, Karl Böhm and Herbert von Karajan…. The festival granted the museum access to its archives and lent most of the objects on view, which suggests a new willingness to explore the dark corners of its history.”