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For our Prisoners is a stenographic recording of Dr Živko Topalović's lecture on the circumstances which faced Serbian prisoners of war in Austria-Hungary 1914-1918.

Dr Topalović himself was captured in 1914. and was in a POW camp until an exchange in 1917. During this period, he became active as an informal representative of the Red Cross in trying to improve the situation of Serbs in Austro-Hungarian concentration camps.

The lecture was given before the Serbian Red Cross society members on Corfu, where the Serbian government in exile and civil society continued to function after the Central Powers' overwhelming invasion in 1915.

As an eyewitness account of the state of affairs in the massive Austro-Hungarian concentration camp system (30 major and 300 camps in total), Dr Topalović's testimony is one of the amazing first-hand accounts of survivors about the conditions they faced in a country which did not respect their rights guaranteed by the Hague conventions and which was suffering acute economic downturn and famine towards the end of the war.

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The Members of Young Bosnia did not leave much written material behind them before or after embarking on the fateful assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, making it harder for us to understand their motivations and reasoning.

Princip: About Himself is a set of stenographic notes taken by Dr Martin Pappenheim, who was Princip's assigned psychiatrist during his imprisonment in Theresienstadt (today Terezín in Czechia) prison-fortress. The notes include two short writings that Dr Pappenheim was able to get Princip to write about himself after much persuasion.

In this edition, the translation of the two letters are included, as well as the German language original of the notes.



Svetozar Ćorović was a prominent Serb writer from the city of Mostar in Herzegovina, born in 1875, before the Congress of Berlin and the Austro-Hungarian occupation of the region. Well-respected for his literary work, he was elected to the parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1910.

This, however, did not protect him from being taken as a hostage by the Austro-Hungarian authorities before the start of the Great War in the summer of 1914, with his life guaranteeing the safety of the Austro-Hungarian railways in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the general obeisance of the Serbs in that land.

Ćorović spent 3 years as a hostage in conditions best described in his own words, catching tuberculosis, being released from prison and then being drafted by the military in 1917, before being discharged for poor health and returning to die in his native Mostar in 1919, the same year this work was published.

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His brother is the famed Serbian historian Vladimir Ćorović, whose Black Book briefly mentions some of Svetozar's tribulations as a hostage and which you can also find in our catalogue.

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