Category June 1914

The Austro-Hungarian Red Book: 30 June 1914

On 28 June 1914, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie Chotek are assassinated in the streets of Sarajevo. In the following telegram, the Austrian counsellor of legation William Ritter von Storck informs Vienna of the official mood in Belgrade, the Serbian capital, two days after the Sarajevo assassinations.      […]

The Austro-Hungarian Red Book: 29 June 1914

On 28 June 1914, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie Chotek are assassinated in the streets of Sarajevo. In this document, the Austrian counsellor of legation William Ritter von Storck informs Vienna of the reaction to the assassinations in Belgrade, the Serbian capital. Storck reports on the sentiment of joy […]

Into History: 1914-2014

The First World War defined the twentieth century. In its wake, millions died. In its wake, millions lay wounded or displaced. World War I unleashed violence and tragedy on a scale never before seen during the course of human history. 100 years on, the debate on the origins of the Great War remains unresolved. The July […]

Germany’s Initial Reaction: 30 June 1914

On 30 June 1914, two days after the assassinations at Sarajevo, the British Ambassador to Germany shared his view of German opinion to Sir Edward Grey, British Foreign Secretary. Sir H. Rumbold to Sir Edward Grey. Berlin, 30 June 1914. Sir, At his weekly reception to-day the Acting Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs at once […]

The Day after Sarajevo: 29 June 1914

Ritter von Storck was the Austro-Hungarian Secretary of Legation at the time of the Sarajevo assassinations. On 29 June 1914, he sent his impressions to Count Berchtold, Austro-Hungarian Minister for Foreign Affairs Ritter von Storck to Count Berchtold. Belgrade, 29 June 1914. Under the terrible shock of yesterday’s catastrophe it is difficult for me to give any […]

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

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 […]

Sarajevo: 28 June 1914

Archuduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie, the Duchess of Hohenberg, were assassinated by Gavrilo Princip while on tour in Sarajevo. The following are newspaper excerpts recounting the events at Sarajevo.   SPECIAL CABLE TO THE NEW YORK TIMES. Sarajevo, Bosnia, June 28,- Archduke Francis Ferdinand successor to the throne of Austria-Hungary, and his wife, the Duchess […]

The Countdown Begins on 28 June

In one week, on 28 June, it will be 100 years, to the day, since the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie Chotek at Sarajevo. From 28 June on, my aim is to share with you one document every day that traces the march to the First World War. Together, we will understand how […]