Archduke Karl: Habsburgs not to blame for World War I

January 20, 2014

According to the Guardian:

In an interview with a European group of newspapers including the Guardian, Karl Habsburg-Lothringen, the grandson of the last emperor of the Austro-Hungarian empire, Charles I, said: “If you were to simplify it, you could say that the shooting in Sarajevo started the first world war. But if there hadn’t been the shooting in Sarajevo, it would have kicked off three weeks later somewhere else.”

He said the severity with which the Austrian authorities had discriminated against his family was not representative of the mood among the people.

To read the entire article in the Guardian, please click here.

Archduke Karl of Austria, Head of the House of Habsburg, in Mariazell, with his brother Georg and their children, during the funeral service of their father Otto von Habsburg

Archduke Karl of Austria, Head of the House of Habsburg, in Mariazell, with his brother Georg and their children, during the funeral service of their father Otto von Habsburg. Photo by Dr.  Janos Korom

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Also of interest:

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