Gavrilo’s Principles

Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Princip


1 Princip was not a member of the Black Hand but the Young Bosnia movement

2 He was one of nine children (six died in infancy)

3 He was the son of a postman

4 He was expelled from school for protesting against the authorities in Sarajevo

5 Princip was rejected for service in the Serbian irregular komitađi units for being “too small and weak”

6 He was only 19 when he assassinated Ferdinand and his wife

7 Princip was sentenced to 20 years hard labour with the proviso that every June 28 (the anniversary of the assassination) he remained in a darkened cell with no food or mattress

8 He had an arm amputated during his imprisonment because of complications from tuberculosis

9 He died at Terezin which under the Nazis would become the Theresienstadt concentration camp

10 Princip’s house in Sarajevo was destroyed three times: first by the Austro-Hungarians, after which it was rebuilt and turned into a museum; then by the Ustaše, again being rebuilt and turned into a museum after WWII; the third time by Bosnian Muslims in the 1990s. It is yet to be rebuilt.

By Aleks Racić