A memorial service was held on 28 March 2023 outside violinist Arnold Rosé’s former residence


The memorial service outside Pyrkergasse 23, 1190 Vienna, the house of former concertmaster Arnold Rosé © Dieter Nagl

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On the 181st anniversary of its founding, the Vienna Philharmonic organised a memorial service to remember its members and their families who were persecuted, expelled and murdered under the Nazi regime. The service took place in front of the house of former Vienna Philharmonic concertmaster Arnold Rosé and his family, where a sign has been established to commemorate those who faced persecution.

The orchestra chose its anniversary date to hold the service as a way of symbolically returning the expelled members of the ensemble back to its circle. ’These are fates that must not be forgotten,’ said board member Daniel Froschauer. ’May our commemoration help to give all our colleagues back the dignity they were once denied.’ 

Former concertmaster Arnold Rosé was expelled from the orchestra following the onset of the Nazi regime. He emigrated to London in 1939, but his daughter Alma died in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

The service was attended by president of the National Council Wolfgang Sobotka, Vienna’s city councilor for culture Veronica Kaup-Hasler, Oskar Deutsch as president of the Jewish Community and the former Salzburg Festival president Helga Rabl-Stadler. It follows on from the Philharmonic’s 2022 commemoration ’Stones of Remembrance for the Victims of the Shoah’, where 17 stones were placed in the residences of former orchestra members. Their individual locations and biographies can be found in the Vienna Philharmonic Historical Archives.

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