Franz Ferdinand

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Franz Ferdinand (December 18, 1863June 28, 1914) was an Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Imperial of Austria and Prince Royal of Hungary and Bohemia, and from 1896 until his death, heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne. His assassination in Sarajevo precipitated the Austrian declaration of war.

Archduke Franz Ferdinand (right) with his family.


    • "Mr. Mayor, what good are your speeches? I come to visit Sarajevo, and they throw bombs at me! It's an outrage!"
    • The Archduke interrupting the Mayor's speech at City Hall in Sarajevo
  • "Sopherl! Sopherl! Sterbe nicht! Bleib am Leben für unsere Kinder!"
    • Translation: "Sophie! Sophie! Don't die! Stay alive for our children!"
    • The Archduke's penultimate words, as reported by Count Franz Harrach
  • "Es ist gar nichts... es ist gar nichts..."
    • Translation: "It's nothing... it's nothing..."
    • The Archduke's last words, as reported by Count Harrach, in response to his asking if the Archduke was in pain
  • "If I don't go, His Majesty would go and I think we would all want to avoid that!"
    • The Archduke's reply to Prince Auersperg's private warning on the dangers of the trip to Sarajevo shortly before his departure
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  • Archduke of Sarajevo: The Romance & Tragedy of Franz Ferdinand, by Gordon Brook-Shepherd (1984; ISBN 0-316-10951-7)
  • Last Words: A Dictionary of Deathbed Quotations, by C. Bernard Ruffin (1995; ISBN 0-7864-0043-9)
  • The Secret of Sarajevo, by Hertha Pauli (1965)
  • Max Hohenberg archduke online

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