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)
sky, with a vocal selection by a noted Viennese soprano, Ester Rethy. Our box was immediately over the stage. During the rendition of the Beethoven Symphony, I whispered to the General, sitting next to me, "What delightful music." He replied, "Yes, these people should have stuck to fiddling in- stead of fighting." Sitting in the next box to us was the commoner wife of the Belgian King-she lives with him in a villa a short distance from Salzburg. During intermission, the General excused himself to pay his respects to this lady who is addressed as "Princess." When a pho- tographer tried to take a picture of General Keyes with the "Princess," he cleverly turned off the camera-men-saying he did not think the "Princess" would like to have her picture taken with him. The people paid a particular tribute to the first violinist, Karl von Baltz-formerly for 5 years first violinist of the Viennese symphony. After the concert General Keyes invited us to his home for supper. He also is living in an attractive "liberated" home, re- cently the residence of a Nazi gauleiter. The General made a significant remark during the delicious meal-"The people who feed Austria will have Austria." Tuesday, August 14 After an early kreakfast, motored back to Munich, past prison- ers of war outside of Salzburg cleaning up rubble, and past women and children with pushcarts carrying wood. The people realize this is going to be a very cold winter. After a delightful lunch at Bad Weisse we continued down the autobahn into the town of Munich. Covering the 60 miles from Salzburg to Munich, we presented ourselves at the military head- 91
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