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Berlin, Richard E., 1894- / Diary of a flight to occupied Germany, July 20 to August 27, 1945.

Concert in Salzburg,   pp. 90-92 PDF (676.2 KB)

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awaiting trial this fall at Nurnberg. General Tobin says these
generals are very surly and complain bitterly about the treatment
they are receiving.
Our Army have taken over all the buildings, and G.Ls seem to
be enjoying themselves immensely in these beautiful and dramatic
We motored home to the Hotel Osterreischer in Salzburg-fine
old hotel. The river flowing through Salzburg passed through the
gardens immediately beneath our windows, and from our window
we can see the picturesque castle on the hill, and the bridges cross-
ing the river.
Concert in Salzburg
The population of Salzburg, ordinarily 150,000, by reason of
the refugees teeming in, has increased to 400,000.
Having been invited by Major General Geoffrey Keyes to at-
tend the opening night of the Salzburg musical festival-held for
the first time this evening in 6 years-we dined hurriedly, as the
concert began at 7 p.m. and the General was expecting us to join
him in his box.
The Opera House, a beautiful building, has an interior decorat-
ed in soft brown trimmed with white. Over the musicians and
audience gleam beautiful crystal chandeliers. The charming opera
house accommodates approximately 700 people.
Seated in the box with us were two of General Keyes' aides-
Col. Greeley and Col. Powell. In an opposite box the burgomaster
of Salzburg sat with his wife and two daughters. They were plain-
looking people.
The audience was composed mostly of American officers and
soldiers, with a sprinkling of townspeople.
The famous Wetzelberger, with a 60-piece orchestra, conducted.
Selections were rendered from Beethoven, Haydn, and Tschaikov-

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