Gavrilo Princip

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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]


  • I am a Yugoslav Nationalist. I call for the reunification of the Southern Slavs into one state
    • Quoted at Gavrilo Princip's trial, 1914
  • I am not a criminal, for I destroyed a bad man. I thought I was right.
    • Said after he performed his assassination
  • Our shadows will be walking through Vienna, strolling through the court, frightening lords.
    • Found engraved on the wall of Princip's prison cell after his death
  • If I hadn't done it the Germans would have found another excuse.
    • Supposed to be his last words

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