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Gavrilo Princip

Bosnian assassin
Gavrilo Princip

Gavrilo Princip (Cyrillic: Гаврило Принцип) (25 July 189428 April 1918) was a Yugoslav nationalist, famous for assassinating Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife in 1914. The assassinations set off a chain of events that led to World War I.


  • There is no need to carry me to another prison. My life is already ebbing away. I suggest that you nail me to a cross and burn me alive. My flaming body will be a torch to light my people on their path to freedom.
    • Said to the prison warden on being moved to another prison; as quoted by Borivoje Jevtic (1914) [1]

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