Johann Strauss’s “non-aryan” Descendants Disinherited

Descendants of the famous Viennese “waltz king,” Johann Strauss, were barred from inheritance of his musical and personal property, which reverts to the city of Vienna, by an official ruling published today, climaxing Julius Streicher’s campaign to disinherit Strauss’s “non-Aryan” descendants.

The Austrian composer, who died in 1899, married a Jewess converted to the Roman Catholic faith, Adele Deutsch, his third wife. The royalties he left her will now become Viennese property. Recently, repeated attacks in Streicher’s newspaper, Der Stuermer, forced a daughter of Strauss by a previous marriage to turn over to Vienna violins and manuscripts which her father left her.

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