The papers of the Austrian conductor Karl Böhm have been consigned to the University of Salzburg, which will curate and make them accessible to researchers.
Although the acquisition is being presented in a positive light, the announcement makes clear that Böhm twice accepted key positions from Adolf Hitler – as music director of the Semper Oper in Dresden and later at the Vienna State Opera.
He also lived in a mansion that had been stolen from Jewish owners and presented to him by the Vienna Gauleiter Baldur von Schirach.
Curiously, Böhm never joined the Nazi party though he made no secret of his enthusiastic support for its aims.
Böhm died in August 1981.
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Tha Salzburg Festival describes him as its most influential post-War conductor, after Herbert von Karajan.