Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Franz Ferdinand's children now in Switzerland

August 27, 1914

Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria has sent the three children of the late Archduke Franz Ferdinand to Switzerland "to remain during the war," a dispatch to the New York Times.

The children arrived this morning at Rorschach on Lake Constance, and will stay at Schloss Wartegg, owned by the Duke of Parma, who will be residing there  with the Duchess of Parma.

The Duke and Duchess of Parma will care for the "orphan children," whose parents were killed on June 28 at Sarajevo.  The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the then heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne, was the catalyst that hurled Europe into a  world war.

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