In the first of several promotional mini reenactments leading up to the #KU_WWI Twitter Project reenactment of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28th, 2014, #SafetyFirst featured an exchange between Governor of Bosnia Oskar Potiorek (@GovPotiorek1914) and Sarajevo Police Commissioner Dr. Edmond Gerde (@CommishGerde) as they discussed the Archduke’s upcoming visit.
What some may find surprising is that many of the tweets are actual direct quotes. #KU_WWI project staff referenced Greg King and Sue Woolman’s book, The Assassination of the Archduke: Sarajevo 1914 and the Romance that Changed the World (pg 168-170) when creating the script. “The primary purpose of this mini reenactment is to show our participants ways of being historical while also being creative,” said Project Leader Sam Moore.
The script was given to Slavic Languages and Literatures Instructor, Marta Pirnat-Greenberg, who incorporated it into the curriculum of her BCRS 208: Intermediate Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian class. As a class project, the BCS students worked together to use their language skills in translating the script.
The #deutsch or German language translation was completed by German Languages and Literatures major Joshua McMullen.
“Language is an integral part to understanding culture,” said CREES Outreach Coordinator Adrienne Landry, “and we hope that the #KU_WWI Twitter Project showcases the many languages spoken by the characters involved in this historical event as well as the over 40 languages taught at KU.”