10 July, 9.00 P.M.: Hartwig calls on Giesl who has just returned
Posted on July 5th, 1914 by admin
10 July, 9.00 P.M.: Hartwig calls on Giesl who has just returned to Belgrade. Hartwig first expresses his condolences for the assassinations and then asks about Austria-Hungary’s intentions towards Serbia.
Giesl says that with goodwill on the part of the Serbian government a satisfactory solution will be found. Hartwig starts to give his response and collapses and dies of a heart attack.
This is later considered a blow to the hopes for peace. Though Hartwig was an ardent pan-Slav he understood the weakness of Serbia following the Balkan wars and would have advised conciliation. [More]