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 Gavrilo Princip

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Gavrilo Princip

  • Birth 13 Jul 1894 Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Death 28 Apr 1918 Austria
  • Burial Sarajevo, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Memorial ID 6758252

Assassin. He assassinated Archduke Ferdinand and his Wife Sophie, an act that hastened the start of World War I. He was born Princip Gavrilo in Oblija, Bosnia-Herzegovina his father a mechanic. At thirteen he left his native village and was enrolled in the Merchants School in Sarajevo. He found lodging with a widow and her son who was an ardent activist who proved a key influence in his life. Becoming politically active, Princip became a member of "Mlada Bosna" (Young Bosnians) a group who dreamed of a greater Serbia free of Austrian rule. Learning of the pending visit to Sarajevo by Ferdinand, a plan was formulated to strike a blow for Serbian freedom. The blundering entourage of the Archduke was soon compromised by bombs and bullets resulting in the death of the royal couple. Gavrilo headed a list of twenty-five defendants captured and placed on trial. Because of his age, instead of death, he received a twenty year sentence to be served at Theresienstadt Prison outside Vienna. Mistreated, contracting tuberculosis of the bones, he lost an arm. Princip died in his cell after serving a little over four years. His remains were secretly disposed. In 1914, a cenotaph was added to the side of the Serbian Orthodox Chapel by the Serbian community located in St Mark Cemetery in Sarajevo to honor Princip and his fellow conspirators as heros. His fellow assassins were executed in 1914 and their remains were also hidden in unmarked graves. Supposedly, followers were able to locate and identify the scattered unmarked graves in Austria, disinter and gather some bones including Gavrilo returning them to Sarajevo. They were re-buried in St. Mark Cemetery in 1920 under a large grey granite marker as "Heroes of Vidovdan." Ironically, Theresienstadt Prison where Princip was incarcerated was a Nazi Concentration Camp during World War II.

Bio by: Donald Greyfield






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  • Added: 6 Sep 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6758252
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Gavrilo Princip (13 Jul 1894–28 Apr 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6758252, citing Saint Mark Cemetery, Sarajevo, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina ; Maintained by Find A Grave .