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Sarajevo: 28 June 1914, Count Franz von Harrach’s Testimonial

In History on June 28, 2014 at 16:45

The July Crisis: 100 Years On, 1914-2014

Count Franz von Harrach was a crucial witness to the Sarajevo assassinations. He was in the archducal car when shots were fired at Franz Ferdinand and his wife. 

Excerpt from the Memoir of Count Franz von Harrach

As the car quickly reversed, a thin stream of blood spurted from His Highness’s mouth onto my right check.  As I was pulling out my handkerchief to wipe the blood away from his mouth, the Duchess cried out to him, “For God’s sake!  What has happened to you?”

At that she slid off the seat and lay on the floor of the car, with her face between his knees.

I had no idea that she too was hit and thought she had simply fainted with fright.  Then I heard His Imperial Highness say,

“Sophie, Sophie, don’t die.  Stay alive for the children!”

At that, I seized the Archduke by the collar of his uniform, to…

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28 June 1914

In History on June 28, 2014 at 10:00

The events of 28 June 1914: The Austrian archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were killed in Sarajevo by Serbian nationalists. This fact is undebatable. Throughout July, Europe remained calm, only to stir into action towards the end of the month when Austria declared war on Serbia, which triggered a declaration of war of Russia to Austria which in return demanded Germany to declare war on Russia and France as it was allied with Austria. This is the first post in a series of posts re-telling the Great War from an Anglo-German perspective. Read the rest of this entry »

Football and Politics

In Football on June 21, 2014 at 22:47

Angela Merkel’s presence at Germany’s World Cup game against Portugal raised some questions. It has become tradition by the German chancellor to attend matches of Die Nationalmannschaft. Yet, Merkel’s omni-presence gives reason for concern over the link between football and politics. Read the rest of this entry »

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