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More Artists Quit Salzburg Festival

March 6, 1938
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Increasing concern is shown here about the foreign reaction to the spread of Nazi propaganda in Austria. It was announced that following the withdrawal of Arturo Toscanini from the Salzburg musical festival, Dr. Herbert Graf, of the Metropolitan Opera Company of New York, and Eric Leinsdorf have also withdrawn from next Summer’s festival.

The Neue Freie Presse comments editorially that there is nothing more dangerous for Austria than a belief abroad that the situation here is such as to justify withdrawal of cultural collaboration. Austria will remain faithful to its cultural and political independence, the editorial says, and will remain a country of artists, art, humanity and freedom for all. “This is Austria’s historical mission in Europe,” the paper adds.

The clerical Reichspost warns the Nazis that there propaganda activities will provoke countermeasures. It has been announced that the contract of Dr. Ernst Lothar, artistic manager of the Josefstadt Theatre, founded by Max Reinhardt, has been renewed for five years.

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