A richly illustrated report on the assassination of archduke Franz Ferdinand of Habsburg and his wife Sophie in Sarajevo, on June 28th 1914, was published in Slovenian language immediately after the event. The assassination would lead to the World War I a month later. The illustrations showcase the members of the royal family, the last images of the archduke and his spouse, the objects and people involved in the assassination, and the transportations of the coffins from Sarajevo through Trieste.
The report was based in on the contemporary newspaper articles and was composed “in a hurry”, probably in the first week of July (the last published document dates July 4th). On July 28th, World War I broke out. The Slovenian public was widely interested in the events in Sarajevo, since the region
belonged to the Habsburg countries. The people were divided between those, who were loyal to the royal family, and to those, who wanted to join with other South Slavic nations into a formation, which would later become known as Yugoslavia.
The author, here only signed with a monogram I. K., was the first Slovenian professional female journalist Ivanka Anžič-Klemenčič (1876 – 1960). Before the war, she was mostly known as the editor of the newspaper Slovenka (Slovenian Woman) in Trieste. Although Anžič-Klemenčič was traditionally religious and was cooperating with Catholic newspapers, she believed in modern social education, gender equality and women’s liberation. Under Ivanka Anžič-Klemenčič the newspaper Slovenka developed into an intellectual publication for modern women.
In her book on the assassination in Sarajevo Ivanka Anžič-Klemenčič supports Austria as her home country and blames Serbia for the crime.
WWI had a big effect on Ivanka Anžič-Klemenčič, a supporter of the Habsburg monarchy. Her husband, a soldier died in 1916 as a soldier in Judenburg. After the war she continued editing and writing for newspapers. She became an open supporter of voting rights for women.
Ivanka Anžič-Klemenčič stopped writing after WWII, under the new regime of Yugoslavia, and became as a supporter of Austro-Hungary and the Habsburgs almost forgotten in the following decades.
References: OCLC 439065953, 800933411, 7393125. Brecelj, Marijan: Klemenčič, Ivanka (1876–1960). Slovenska biografija. Slovenska akademija znanosti in umetnosti, Znanstvenoraziskovalni center SAZU, 2013. http://www.slovenska-biografija.si/oseba/sbi275822/#primorski-slovenski-biografski-leksikon (14. junij 2020). Izvirna objava v: Primorski slovenski biografski leksikon: 1. snopič A – Bartol, 1. knjiga. Uredniški odbor Gorica, Goriška Mohorjeva družba, 1974.