Publications of the Department of History of the Andrić Institute – a book “The Assassination in Sarajevo- the Return of the Documents” by Miroslav Perišić, the first historical journal “Centuries” and the sixth issue of “Historical Notebooks” were presented today in the Andrić Institute.
Speaking about the book of a historian and the director of the Archives of Serbia, Miroslav Perišić, a historian Svetozar Rajak said that “The Assassination in Sarajevo – the Return of the Documents” was a very large and extensive collection of the documents about the Assassination in Saraejvo, about the situation before the assassination and after. He also pinted out that documents were not investigated thorougly.
“This book is based on strictly historical sources, without any speculations as some historians have done before,” said Rajak, and noted that the book brought out an important question – who took advantage of the Assassination in Sarajevo, at the time of historical relations and forces.
He added that it was inconceivable that for the last 100 years since the assassination this was the second book, which dealt with research about the act of Gavrilo Princip on the Austro-Hungarian Archduke, Franz Ferdinand. Rajak also pointed out that the first book was “Sarajevo 1914” by Vladimir Dedijer.
In his opinion, Perišić’s work is not stating only the facts, but it gives synthetetical image and document analysis.
The author, Miroslav Perišić, repeated maxim that history was dangerous if it was not understood. He also said that history had to be constantly studied and checked.
“The idea of the book is to clarify the facts that are unexplained in history, and this book has appeared at a time when revisionist historiography is ‘blooming’. This historiography interprets history in a political context,” said Perišić and reminded that Serbia was accused for the Assassination in Sarajevo, and that some circles were still accusing Serbia for that.
He said that in this book for the first was published the indictment against Princip and Young Bosnian assassins, as well as the official verdict. Perišić stated that the book, with unpublished, less quoted and famous documents that are in it, would draw the attention of historians and the public.
“In the book I have published 209 documents out of 500,000 which are about the Assassination in Sarajevo and the time before and after it. All these documents are in the Archives of Serbia. I have also looked for the documents in the Archives of BiH, which have burnt during protests,” said Perišić.
The author of the book “The Assassination in Sarajevo – the Return of the Documents” discovered documents which proved that Vienna knew about the preparation for Ferdinand’s assassination and that nothing was done to be prevented.
Perišić said that on the 10th February, 1913 the Chief of the German General Staff, Helmuth von Moltke, wrote to the Austro-Hungarian Chief of General Staff, Conrad von Hetzendorf, that his opinion was “that the war in Europe will start sooner or later, and that it will ultimately relate to the fight of the Germans against the Slavs”.
“Therefore, it is necessary to prepare all the countries that are the bearers of the Germanic culture and spirit. However, it would be preferable that the Slavs attack the first,” wrote Von Moltke.
The famous Serbian film director, Emir Kusturica, pointed out that this letter confirmed that the war had been prepared long before the assassination and that it was planned to be “fight against the Slavs”, especially against Serbia.
“With this book we present the truth to the whole world and defend our system of values,” concluded Kusturica.
Serbian academic, Matija Bećković, said “book “The Assassination in Sarajevo – the Return of the Documents” is a book of great value, important for the Andrić Institute but also for Ivo Andrić himself, who spent his life exploring the archives.”
“It is known that by now many historians have written history without the facts,” said Bećković and pointed out that the book was published at the right time, when was the 100th anniversary since the beginning of World War II.
He wondered why only the Assassination in Sarajevo was called like this, and all the rest assassinations were named by its victims or assassins.
A historian, Svetozar Rajak, today presented the first issue of historical journal “Centuries,” which was established in order to fill a gap in the Serbian historiography and to establish a connection with the rest of the world.
He said that this issue was thematically dedicated to the Assassination in Sarajevo and celebration 100 years since the beginning of the First World War. And that next issue would deal with topics concerning the history of Serbia, the Balkans and the world.
According to him, the Department of History of the Andrić Institute will publish this journal twice a year by.
While promoting the sixth issue of “Historical Notebooks,” Rajak explained that the same subjects were represented as in the first issue of the journal “Centuries”.
On the front page of the journal, below the headline “The Assassination in Sarajevo” there is a letter by Milktea Hetzendorf with a photo of a car with Franz Ferdinand, General Potiorek and Sophie.
Miroslav Perišić wrote an article “The audit had started before the war began”, and he also wrote about the looting of the Archives of Serbia during the First and the Second World War. This looting was in the function of history revision of the First World War.
An article of an associate of the Archive of Serbia, Branka Bogdanović – “Weapons of Assassins from Sarajevo” described the weapons they carried and how it was obtained.