Kusturica and the Institute still attract the attention of the media worldwide

13. January 2014.

Emir Kusturica

Work of the Andrić Institute, whose director is Emir Kusturica, and the document which is an evidence of the Austrio-Hungarian intentions to start the Great War before the Assassination in Sarajevo, which this Institute exclusively published on January 5th at Andrićgrad, never ceased to capture the attention of German media.

German newspapers “Klein Zeitung” and “Tagesspiegel” in the latest edition pay a considerable attention to the letter of the military governor of Bosnia, Oskar Potiorek, who on the 28th May in 1913 wrote to the Minister of Finance, Leon Bilinski, in Vienna. This letter was presented in the Andrić Institute.

In an article titled “The shot in Sarajevo still echoes”, newspaper “Klein Zeitung” quotes a statement of a member of the Committee of the Institute, Momčilo Perišić, this statemnt says that Potiorek’s letter is one of the most important historical source for studying the question of guilt and responsibility for the outbreak of the World War I.

The paper states that “the internationally renowned movie director and the Director of the Andrić Institute, Emir Kusturica, reveals that he is going to make a documentary about the First World War.”

“Klein Zeitung” conveys Kusturica’s statement to the media of Republic of Srpska and Serbia that “in Sarajevo Gavrilo Princip killed an invader, a racist and an anti-Semite.”

This newspaper also assesses that “Serbia in this way wants to prove its innocence in the First World War, and that Serbia still pulls to the old nationalist thinking.”

“As we are approaching to June 28th, 2014 and thus to 100 years since Gavrilo Princip assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie in Sarajevo, Serbia is more fighting for its role of a victim of the German-Austrian aggression at the beginning of World War I” states “Klein Zeitung”.

The same source reports that The Prime Minister of Serbia, Ivica Dačić in November 11th 2013 the day when in 1918 a truce is accomplished, says that any attempt to blame the Serbs for the First World War” is an attempt to falsify history and that is well known that this war is an expression of the Austro-Hungarian and German expansionism. ”

“Dačić says that Serbia chose the right side in both World Wars… just the fact that Serbia in the wars ‘took the right side’ emphasizes the disastrous policy of former leader of Dačić’s party, Slobodan Milošević, who succeeded that country be bombed in the war in Kosovo 1999 by former allies in the Second World War – France, Britain and the United States, “writes “Klein Zeitung”.

Marking the anniversary of the First World War, according to the text, will provide information about the extent that intellectual and political elite in Belgrade is ready for, as the newspaper has named it, a critic self-examination.

In the article “Recollection of the First World War – Serbia is considered to be attacked,” German newspaper “Tagesspiegel” points out that “a famous movie director, Emir Kusturica, presents himself as a fighter against the ‘history revision’ of which as he claims Serbia needs to be feared. Although he has recently done exactly the opposite thing with presenting a letter by Potiorek from May 1913 sent to Billinski in Vienna.

“This document should prove that Serbia, allegedly, does not bear responsibility for the beginning of the World War I, because the Austro-Hungarian Empire long before the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in June 1914, was ready to attack Serbia,” writes “Tagesspiegel”.

The newspaper says that the Serbian President, Tomislav Nikolić, criticized “unjust proclamation that Serbia, a priori, is the culprit for the First World War.”

“Indirectly, only in Serbia Gavrilo Princip almost defiantly is presented as the all the others Serbian national heroes, while at the same time the citizens of other former Yugoslav Republics do not want to consider him a hero,” assesses the German Daily.


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