Austria-Czech SIG #Austria-Czech Blue Danube, Immendorf and Looted Art #austria-czech

Celia Male <celiamale@...>

Am I the only one who found the strains of the "Blue
Danube" played when one rang the National Fond in
Vienna very distasteful?

Those members of our SIG who were listening to the New
Year's Day concert >from Vienna on BBC Radio 3 were in
for a real treat - no, I do not mean the music and the
venue which will leave bitter-sweet memories for many
of us with Viennese forebears. I am referring to the
interval talk: A monologue for radio by Rufus Stone,
performed by Patience Tomlinson:

July 1945. Schloss Immendorf is on fire, set alight by
retreating Nazis. Inside, priceless works of art are
being reduced to ashes, including many paintings by
Vienna's star painter Gustav Klimt. Outside, Klimt's
lifelong companion Emilie FLOGE watches - and

I have been unable to find out much about Emilie but
she is described as a fashion designer and Klimt's

A beautiful piece - remembering the many Jewish art
patrons of Vienna whose art works were plundered by
the Nazis. The LEDERER family was particularly singled
out [see Sophie Lillie's book "Was Einmal war"].

Unfortunately, I have not been able to find it as a
relistenable item >from BBC Radio 3.

Celia Male [UK]

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