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Mission Statement

Austria was the home of many of Hitler’s most important musical victims, the best known of whom have already become established culturally historic figures. Yet others still await their discovery or, more often, their re-discovery. Gaping holes exist where they have not been incorporated into rightful positions within Austrian musicology or performance-practice. operates as a centre for the reception, preservation and research of Austrian composers, performers, musical academics and thinkers who, during the years of the ‘Third Reich’ were branded as ‘degenerate’. Only within recent decades has Austria started to address this issue. The assessment and restitution of such a multi-facetted cultural inheritance, extending from the 19th century through, operetta, film music and ‘chanson’, cabaret, and the developments of the ‘Second Viennese School’, ‘Jugendstil’, ‘New Objectivity’ and much more is an enormous, multi-disciplinary undertaking.’s purpose is to restore these important missing links to the chain of Austrian music- history.

"The society lets us hear voices again that were silenced, bringing music that was brutally suppressed to our ears – and thereby also to our heart"
Thomas Angyan
Artistic director of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna,
quoted from his laudation at the awarding of the 2010 Bank Austria International Art Prize to

The Video Spot

Video-Statements by
Barbara Prammer, President of the Austrian Parliament

The Database Presentation at
Palais Epstein, with Video-Statements by
Barbara Prammer, President of the Austrian Parliament, Michael Haas und Gerold Gruber


Photo at the top of this page © Parlament Wien Datenbankpräsentation im Palais Epstein,
Nationalratspräsidentin Barbara Prammer
, Wien 2010 >