The Guardian discusses the Vienna Philharmonic and the Jewish musicians who perished during the war. Among the musicians was violinist Viktor Robitsek who was fired because he was Jewish.
Armin Tyroler was one of the Philharmonic's most celebrated musicians. A teacher, professor of music, and a campaigner for better conditions for his less fortunate colleagues, Tyroler was honoured by the city of Vienna in 1933. In his acceptance speech he argued that musicians could only be artists if they were freed from hardship. He called Vienna his "adored city" and said he wanted it to be a "city of songs, a city of happiness".
... On October 28, 1944, he and his wife were deported to Auschwitz. He was gassed two days later.
Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2013/mar/11/vienna-philharmonic-nazi-secrets
Perhaps this gives us pause to reflect on our adored cities.