For the first time in 100 years, a bust of Emperor Franz Joseph was unveiled in Havlíčkův Brod (Deutschbrod), today in the Czech Republic:
After the horrors of the XXth century in Central Europe, the legacy of peace, culture and prosperity left by the Austro-Hungarian Empire starts being finally acknowledged. The first and only true multicultural Empire that ever existed. In the best meaning of that much-abused word.
Like François Fejtő wrote in his essential Requiem pour un empire défunt, "nothing that came afterwards proved to be better (than the so-called Double Monarchy) ". Let us add that the appalling result cost two world wars and dozens of millions dead. Another achievement of so-called progress, of so-called nationalism.
This year, the Baron deeply mourns 100 years since the passing of Emperor Franz Joseph in Vienna (21 November, 1916), and he will be there precisely one century later, wandering through the distinguished streets of the First District and kneeling in the Kapuzinergruf along with many others who have chosen not to forget.
The Baron cannot help but remembering so many late members of his family that will not be with him on that day... and who did not forget either
|Die Kapuzinergruft (Imperial Crypt) in Wien, I. bezirk|