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Emil Ranzenhofer and Salih Brkic

Emil Ranzenhofer (1864-1930) who was an graphic designer and artist from Austria, volunteered for KPQ (Kriegspressquartier - War newspaper office) during the First World War. Ranzenhofer was in Bosnia and Herzegovina where he drew many of his sketches of soldiers, war scenes and of the region. The granddaughter of Emil Ranzenhofer, Judith Kanner Gordy, who lives and works in America, has found one such sketch, with the name of a soldier on it: Salih Brkic. The Sketch dates from 1917. It is also written on the sketch that depicted person was a soldier of Bosnian 10th Infantry Regiment. Judith Kanner Gordy uploaded her story and the sketch to Europeana 1914 - 1918. She also stated that currently in Bosnia lives a well known journalist with the same name, Salih Brkic. When we prepared promotional materials for Collection days in Sarajevo, we came across this picture and tried to verify the allegations of the story. It turns out that the journalist Salih Brkic, who lives and works in Tuzla is truly related to the soldier and that he is in fact a grandson of the soldier in the sketch.

This is just one example of how the Europeana 1914 - 1918 project managed to connect people who do not know each other and who live in different parts of the world.

© Judith Kanner Gordy [CC-BY-SA]

New WW1 Community Collection Days coming up

Europeana is happy to announce that new community collection campaigns will take place soon.

In March we will be in Sarajevo where the National and University Library of Bosnia & Herzegovina will open its doors to welcome you. Until then feel free to browse this great online publication about the assassination of Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie with lots of wonderful pictures and documents from the period.

© Karl Tröstl [CC-BY-SA]

In April you will be more than welcome in Prague and Brno where staff members of the National Museum and the National Film Archive will be our hosts for the days.
On Community Collection Days you can tell your family stories from the First World War. Bring along your documents, artefacts or other memorabilia so they can be scanned or photographed and added to the story.

Please check out this site for more details, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date!

© Špiro Vranješ [CC-BY-SA]

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Upcoming Events

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Community Collection Days
Friday 20 & Saturday 21 May 2016, 10:00 - 18:00
The Public Library HNC Mostar
Trg hrvatskih velikana bb, Culture center Herceg Stjepan Kosača
1st floor, Reading Room of the Public Library HNC Mostar

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Friday 3 and Saturday 4 June 2016
Community Collection Days
Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center
ul. Jana Pawła II 10
61-139 Poznań

Click here to visit our virtual exhibition THE MEN ON THE MEMORIAL 

Click here to visit our virtual exhibition WE KNOW THIS WAR BY HEART 

Click here to visit our virtual exhibition TO MY PEOPLES 

Click here to visit our virtual exhibition UNTOLD STORIES