Book presentation: Marie-Theres Arnbom Ihre Dienste werden nicht mehr benötigt. Aus der Volksoper vertrieben – Künstlerschicksale
Vienna, March 1938: The seizure of power by the National Socialists brings about grave changes for the Volksoper: The directors Jean Ernest and Alexander Kowalewski are immediately replaced; dismissals—from opera singers to conductors, orchestra musicians and librettists, to the theater doctor—follow at all levels of the house.
By means of selected artists such as the soprano Ada Hecht, the cellist Franz Ippisch or the conductor Kurt Herbert Adler, Marie-Theres Arnbom tells of the fate of those who were persecuted because of their Jewish roots or their political views. Running through the book like a red thread is the last production before the Nazi takeover, “Gruß und Kuß aus der Wachau,” composed by Jara Beneš, written by Hugo Wiener and Kurt Breuer, with song lyrics by Fritz Löhner-Beda.
Using previously unknown archive holdings, memoirs and conversations with descendants as a basis, the author outlines the life of the expelled persons in emigration. Some were able to successfully build new livelihoods; some were killed in the Nazi extermination camps. Most are forgotten. They will now be given back their history.
Marie-Theres Arnbom, Dr. phil., born 1968 in Vienna, is a historian, author, curator and cultural manager. She publishes books and articles on contemporary and cultural-historical topics, which she also stages as a curator for museums, and writes playbills and articles for major concert promoters. Moreover, she founded the St. Gilgen Children’s Music Festival as an integral part of the Music Summer in Salzkammergut and – together with Christoph Wagner-Trenkwitz – the Research Institute for Operetta and Entertainment Theater. Among other things, she works on the history of Jewish intellectuals and tries to revive their world of ideas. Marie-Theres Arnbom lives with her husband, the genealogist Georg Gaugusch, in Vienna.
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