#KU_WWI in the News

The #KU_WWI Twitter Project made the news again!  Check out the article “Twitter Project revisits pre-WWI event” in KU Today.

In other #KU_WWI related news, European Studies has a newly redesigned website for the project, which includes links to the mini reenactments in multiple languages. To learn more, go to: https://european.ku.edu/wwi-twitter-project


#KU_WWI #WhySarajevo Mini Reenactment

The #KU_WWI #WhySarajevo mini reenactment features a dialogue between Archduke Franz Ferdinand (@ArchdukeFranzi) and Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Josef I (@Franz_Joseph_I) about the Archduke’s visit to Bosnia in late June 1914.

Check out the #KU_WWI #WhySarajevo Mini Reenactment in 2 different languages:

According to historians, Archduke Franz Ferdinand attempted to cancel his trip to Sarajevo multiple times. Many of the concerns he mentions in the reenactment were actual excuses he used – summer heat, his lungs, the Emperor’s poor health, etc. It seems, however, that the primary concern was security – the province of Bosnia seemed increasingly hostile towards Hapsburgs. The #WhySarajevo mini reenactment was posted on June 7th, 2014 exactly 100 years after the Archduke’s last formal request to Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Josef I to cancel the trip.

The mini reenactment’s exchange about Duchess Sophie (@Duchess_Sophie) recreates a possible theory about why the Archduke agreed to the trip. As a morganatic spouse, Duchess Sophie was rarely allowed to accompany her husband on official state visits and was more often snubbed than given the royal treatment due the wife of the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne. Since the purpose of the trip to Bosnia was to simply observe and inspect the Bosnian army in the field, Duchess Sophie was given permission by the Emperor to accompany Archduke Franz Ferdinand to Sarajevo – and this rare opportunity to travel together may have convinced the Archduke to go.

The #WhySarajevo transcript was translated into German by Lawrence-native Lea Greenberg who recently graduated with a major in German and concentration in Russian and East European Studies from Grinnell College. Thanks, Lea!!

If you are interested in studying German at the University of Kansas, contact the KU Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures.

To lean more about the #KU_WWI Twitter Project, go to: https://european.ku.edu/wwi-twitter-project


Watkins Museum WWI Lecture Series: New Collection at SMA

At the Watkins Museum of History‘s ongoing lecture series on WWI, Steve Goddard, Associate Director/Senior Curator of Works on Paper at the Spencer Museum of Art, will share some of the highlights of Professor Eric G. Carlson’s recent donation to the Spencer Museum of Art of an estimated 3500 prints, drawings, posters, paintings and decorative arts related to the First World War. Most of the works were made in France during the war years (1914-1918) although the donation also includes some German, Belgian and British material.

Location: Watkins Museum of History (1047 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66044)
Date: Thursday, June 5th, 2014
Time: 7:00pm


Gavrilo Princip, Sarajevski Atentat

Want to learn more about Gavrilo Princip? As a Spring 2014 class project, student’s in KU BCRS 208: Intermediate Bosnian-Serbo-Croatian translated the above video, adding Serbian and English subtitles for a greater audience. Access the subtitled versions here and select the language of the subtitles underneath the video.

By translating the video, students and community members participating in the #KU_WWI Twitter Project now have a non-English, regional perspective of events, providing a glimpse of how different historical narratives can be understood and interpreted.

“I like to include content-based and project-based learning into my language classes,” said BCS Instructor Marta Pirnat-Greenberg, “it motivates students and makes language learning more relevant to the them.”

Ms. Pirnat-Greenberg teaches Bosnian-Serbo-Croatian and Slovene at KU — click here to find out more about the South Slavic program in the KU Slavic Department.

#KU_WWI #Conspiracy Mini Reenactment

In the latest installment of the #KU_WWI Twitter Project, assassin Gavrilo Princip (@G_Princip1914) and his friend Nedeljko Čabrinović (@N_Cabrinovic) discuss the plot to kill Archduke Franz Ferdinand (@ArchdukeFranzi) with fellow co-conspirator Trifko Grabež (@T_Grabez) and leader of the Black Hand terrorist group and Serbian Chief of Intelligence Dragutin “Apis” Dimitrjević (@BlackHandApis).

One would think after 100 years of study, this part of history would be figured out. But for many, the conspirators and their assassination plot remains controversial. Even though many have strong opinions, there seems to be more questions than answers: How big of a role did the Black Hand play? And what was the role of Dragutin “Apis” Dimitrjević, Serbia’s Chief of Intelligence? Who were the conspirators? Were they patriots? Terrorists? Bungling school boys? Committed freedom fighters? Did they have any concept of what their actions might cause?

Princip, Čabrinović, and Grabež were all born in Bosnia, and at 19-years-old, shared a deep-seated hatred for the Austro-Hungarian empire that had annexed Bosnia in 1908. All three identified themselves as members of Mlada Bosna, the Young Bosnia Movement, which fought for a unification of South Slavs. What is less certain is their relationship with the serb-nationalist terrorist group, the Black Hand, which claimed credit for the plot to kill Archduke Franz Ferdinand after the fact.

Princip was the acknowledged leader of the assassination plot, but his friend Čabrinović was the more charismatic member who, as the #KU_WWI #conspiracy mini reenactment illustrates, had a bad habit of speaking a little too freely at times. At his court trial, Princip claimed that he learned about Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s visit to Sarajevo while reading the newspaper, and sent clippings to Čabrinović to convince him to join plot. It has us wondering… if Gavrilo Princip were alive today, would he have sent his “clippings” via twitter?

Like the #SafetyFirst script, the #Conspiracy mini reenactment 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 #KU_WWI #Conspiracy mini reenactment is just one interpretation of what might have occurred between the conspirators and should by no means be taken as historical fact. If you’re looking for more information about Gavrilo Princip and the other conspirators, you might be interested in this article about Tim Butcher’s new book, Hunting the Assassin who Brought the World to War.

Check out the #KU_WWI #Conspiracy Mini Reenactment in 2 different languages:

#SafetyFirst Mini Reenactment in 3 Languages!

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.”

Check out the #KU_WWI #SafetyFirst Mini Reenactment in 3 different languages:

#KU_WWI Mini Reenactment: #SafetyFirst

Ever wonder who was responsible for security in Sarajevo when Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated on June 28, 2014? Who was in charge and how much did they know about the plot beforehand? Was the success of the assassination simply gross negligence on the part of Bosnian authorities? Or was there a bigger conspiracy afoot? Starting at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, 21 May 2014, the #KU_WWI Twitter Project will feature a mini-reenactment between Governor of Bosnia Oskar Potiorek (@GovPotiorek1914) and Sarajevo Police Commissioner (@CommishGerde). Find out how much they knew, and what they did or didn’t do to provide security for Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his entourage.

The #KU_WWI Mini Reenactment: #SafetyFirst will begin at noon and will tweet out every 5 minutes. The tweets will be in English, German and Bosnian — translated by students from KU class BCRS 208 Intermediate Bosnian-Serbo-Croatian and the German Department.  Followers will be able to watch the reenactment via the hashtags #KU_WWI and #SafetyFirst.

#KU_WWI in the news

Today the Lawrence Journal World published a great article about the #KU_WWI Twitter Project:

KU World War I project will retell Archduke Ferdinand’s assassination in tweets – 
By Brian Unglesbee

Please join us this Wednesday, April 30th at 7pm in the Kansas Union Alderson Auditorium for the final #KU_WWI Call for Tweeters. Everyone and anyone is welcome!