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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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