I’ve been having such a blast on Instagram that I’ve neglected my blog! The time is now right, however, to promote my book Full Circle a bit, and both St. Vitus Day and the Centenary of the Treaty of Versailles provide a perfect framework.
On 28 June, St. Vitus Day – Vidovdan, 1914, Gavrilo Princip assassinated the heir to the Hapsburg throne and his wife in Sarajevo; exactly a month later Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia and attacked Belgrade the following day. My father’s young life was thrown into turmoil by World War One, and I was privileged to hear those stories from his own mouth. By writing this book I wanted to pay tribute not only to my father, but also to all the brave men and women of the Great War, some of whom feature in the book.
Vidovdan is a Serbian religious holiday and the most important national holiday. On that day in 1389, both Prince Lazar and Sultan Murat perished in the battle at Kosovo Polje – the “Field of Blackbirds”, and from that date Serbia was occupied by the Ottomans for five hundred years. Prince Lazar and his knights live on in Serbian epic poetry, inspiring the Serbs over the centuries to fight for freedom. My father took part in the Balkan Wars as a volunteer to drive out the last of the Turks. And Archduke Franz Ferdinand was foolhardy to visit Sarajevo on that holy day.
In 1919, The Treaty of Versailles was signed on the same day, ending the state of war between Germany and the Allied Powers. But a bad treaty can be a source of the next conflict. Thus, the harshness with which Germany was treated by the Treaty had been blamed for Hitler’s desire to turn Germany into a superpower. My father was “Hitler’s guest” during World War Two. That’s how he liked to describe his time as a POW in Germany.
Full Circle deals with my father’s early life and WWI.
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From THE ALBUM OF THE WAR of 1914-1918 by Lt.Colonel Andra Popovic
The story starts on St. Vitus Day in 1914.
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