Last soldier of the k.u.k. Armee have died 107 years old

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Last soldier of the k.u.k. Armee have died 107 years old

Post by Doktor Krollspell » Thu Jun 05, 2008 11:16 am

Franz Künstler, the last surviving soldier of the WWI Austro-Hungarian Army has died at the age of nearly 108 years.
Franz Künstler (* 24. Juli 1900 in Soost, damals Südungarn, heute Rumänien; † 27. Mai 2008 in Niederstetten, BaWü) war bei einem erreichten Alter von fast 108 Jahren der letzte überlebende Veteran der k.u.k. Armee, der im Ersten Weltkrieg gedient hatte.
Er wurde am 6. Januar 1918 gemustert und einen Monat später in das 1. Reitende Artillerieregiment eingezogen, wo er bis Kriegsende als Kanonier an der Italienfront diente.

Künstler war seit 1946 deutscher Staatsangehöriger und lebte in Niederstetten. Noch im hohen Alter war er dort als Museumsführer im Jagdmuseum auf Schloss Haltenbergstetten tätig, in dessen Nachbarschaft er wohnte.
Künstler starb an den Folgen einer Darm-Operation sowie eines Oberschenkelbruchs.

Quelle: Wikipedia

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Re: Last soldier of the k.u.k. Armee have died 107 years old

Post by Doktor Krollspell » Thu Jun 05, 2008 1:04 pm

And some more information on Franz Künstler...

Franz Künstler (July 24, 1900 – May 27, 2008) was, at age 107, the last known surviving veteran of the First World War who fought for the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Following the death of 110-year-old Ottoman veteran Yakup Satar on April 2, 2008, he was also the last Central Powers veteran of any nationality. He was born in Sóstó, then Kingdom of Hungary, now Romania. A German Hungarian, he joined the Austro-Hungarian army in February 1918 for training a field artillery regiment (HFKR 5. k.u. Feldkanonen-Regiment/ - 5. honvéd tábori ágyúsezred) in Szeged, and served at the Italian front at Piave until November 1918.[1] After the war, he fought against the communists, and was a soldier until 1921. In the Second World War, Künstler served six months in 1942 as a mobile courier in Ukraine.

Künstler lived in Niederstetten, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and worked as a guide in a museum. After the Second World War, he was expelled from Hungary like many other ethnic Germans.[2] [3]

Asked about his nationality, Franz Künstler said that he felt connected to the German nation and saw himself as a German. He was a Hungarian citizen until 1946, at which time he obtained German citizenship. In an interview given to an Austrian magazine in 2008 at the age of 107, he was asked about "the most important thing in life". He answered: "I was a handsome man and had many women. But more important is to have a good wife, with whom one can share one's life."[4]

After the death of fellow 107-year-old Georg Thalhofer in February 2008, Künstler became the oldest living man in Germany.[5] Künstler died of complications from intestinal surgery on May 27, 2008 in Bad Mergentheim. Burial foreseen in Niederstetten on 3 June.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_K%C3%BCnstler


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Re: Last soldier of the k.u.k. Armee have died 107 years old

Post by Feldjäger » Tue Jul 08, 2008 2:07 am

Rest in peace, Herr Künstler, old hero!
Incidentally, it's curious that he died in Bad Mergentheim, the same place where also k.u.k. feldmarschall Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf had passed away in 1925.

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