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Vienna Philharmonic Reveals Details About Nazi Past

The Vienna Philharmonic claims it will disclose new information about its past ties with the Nazi party this month.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Lorin Maazel leads the Vienna Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall Lorin Maazel leads the Vienna Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall (Melanie Burford/NPR)

The Vienna Philharmonic is internationally recognized as a top-tier orchestra – but it’s not known as a particularly progressive organization. Women were only permitted to join the group as full-fledged members in 1997 – today, they make up less than 5% of the ensemble. Minorities have also traditionally been kept out. But now, as the 75th anniversary of the Anschluss approaches -- the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany in 1938 -- the group has pledged to come clean about its past ties with the Nazi party in Austria, which appear to have lasted long after World War II ended in 1945. New York Times freelance writer and consultant James R. Oestreich joins us with the story. 

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James Oestreich

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