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Return to Vienna: Must the Past Be Prologue?

Return to Vienna: Must the Past Be Prologue?

I’m going to Vienna in June. After writing about the city of my parents’ birth for the past two years, I’m finally taking the plunge. I’m looking forward to the trip. I’m also dreading it. I was there only once before, in the early 1970s, at the request of my parents. While I was planning a trip to Europe with a college friend,Continue Reading

Unhappy 75th: The Anschluss & The Vienna Philharmonic

Unhappy 75th: The Anschluss & The Vienna Philharmonic

Yesterday I posted about how the film “The Sound of Music” gave a distorted image of Austrian complicity in Nazi policies, suggesting the Austrians were victims rather than enthusiastic participants. Apparently show music isn’t the only type of music that gives a distorted picture of Austria’s role in the war. Today, to mark the 75thContinue Reading

Auf Wiedersehen, Pt. 2: Why “The Sound of Music” Doesn’t Play Well in Austria

Auf Wiedersehen, Pt. 2: Why “The Sound of Music” Doesn’t Play Well in Austria

The history of my mother’s family — of the Rosenbaums, in particular, and the Jews of Vienna, in general — only came to me in fits and starts, if it came at all. As I explained in Part 1 of my discussion of the film, “Auf Wiedersehen: ‘Til We Meet Again,” my family, like thatContinue Reading

My Mother and the Governator

My Mother and the Governator

My mother couldn’t stand Arnold Schwarzenegger.  She wasn’t a spitter but if she had been the type to expectorate over her shoulder, peasant style, she would have spat at Arnold. If she hadn’t been Jewish she would have made the sign of the cross whenever she heard his voice or saw his image. She wasContinue Reading