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Monday, December 26, 2016


* Latin for an act or event that provokes or is used to justify war.

Political assassinations are unfortunately not rare, however some post murder events have had direr consequences than others. Last month’s killing of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey brings to mind two other political assassinations that rocked the world.

DEATH IN SARAJEVO/1914-- the June 28, 1914 shooting and deaths of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Duchess Sophie, is linked as a firebrand event contributing to the explosion of World War I.
Illustration: Achille Beltrame, 1914.

DEATH IN PARIS/ 1938— On November 7, 1938, the shooting to death of German envoy Ernst Vom Rath is one of the events historians have linked to fueling the start of Kristallnacht (November 9, 1938), the symbolic spark leading to the systematic extermination of the Jews in Europe by Nazi Germany.

DEATH IN ANKARA / 2016— The December 19, 2016 killing of Andrey Karlov, the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, brings to mind the horror of two other political assassinations that rocked the world.

Photo: Hasim Kilic/Hurriyet newspaper, via Reuters, 2016.

2016: Mevlut Altintas

1938: Herschel Grynszpan

1914: Gavrilo Princip

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