Death Comes to Sarajevo Essay

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Linda Lim Period 6 March 3, 2014 Death Comes to Sarajevo “Sophie, Sophie, do not die. Live for our children.” (Sidney B. Fay, 3) Those were the last words of Archduke Franz Ferdinand spoke to his wife, Sophie Chotek, before both he and she died in minutes by Serbia’s “Black Hand” organization. People say “…The incident on that day, described in the following selection, was the spark that ignited World War I.” (1) World War I is described to be the Great War, and the war to end all wars. However, though Archduke Ferdinand and his beloved wife were assassinated and it resulted in chaos throughout Europe, the war between countries had already begun to slowly develop in a matter of months. “On Vidov-Dan, Sunday, June 28, 1914, the day opened with glorious summer weather. The streets, at the request of the Mayor, had been beflagged in the Archduke’s honor.” (1) Franz Ferdinand was the archduke of Austria-Hungary at the time. He had been arranged to go to a meeting in Sarajevo – where people had been arranging his arrival. “…but the leading Serb newspaper, Narod, contented itself with the bare announcement of his visit, and devoted the rest of its issue to a patriotic account of the significance of Vidov-Dan…” (1) As Ferdinand and Sophie were riding with the Governor of Bosnia, a man named Chabrinovitch “…knocked off the cap of his bomb against a post, stepped forward, and hurled it at the Archduke’s car.” (2) Ferdinand, however, was able to throw it back away from the car and into the streets, hurting Lieutenant Colonel Merizzi and several bystanders. The action between one country to another is not a surprise – there have always been hate between one and the other, whether we can avoid or not. However, if the enemy causes chaos and in an environment with several witnesses, they can assume that they want to be captured for their actions. “Chabrinovitch sprang

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