Dimitrijevic, Colonel Dragutin, (a.k.a. Apis)() Chief of the Intelligence Department in the Serbian General Staff. Founding member and charismatic. A founder member and leader of the Serbian Black Hand secret society, Dragutin Dimitrijevic (), also known as ‘Apis’ (assigned to him as a youth on. Dragutin Dimitrijević known as Apis was a Serbian colonel. He was a leading member of a military group that organized the overthrow of the Serbian.

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I am sorry to say, but your essay borders on naivite and ignorance of a fifth grader, who can place the start of one of the most devastating wars in recent history onto the shoulders of one man.

Dimitrijevic was a very complicated man, but he was fighting for the freedom of his people, Serbs and slavics in general. I am not planning to go into lengthy discussions of all different precursors and factors which have predicted the imminence of this tragic war, some going as far back as early ‘s with unification of Germany and Bismark’s realpolitik.

I would appreciate that before labeling someone as the most evil person in history, you would please brush up on the history of Europe from ‘s leading all the way up to July Crisis – as there is a wealth of information on this topic, from leading scholars throughout the century, otherwise, per your train of thought, we can designate likes of George Washington, Robert E.

Lee, and Abraham Lincoln as the most evil people of, say, American history. Colonel Dimitrijevic has done not much more but to light one of many fuses that were already litten across the Europe, from Britain to Germany, from France to Austria. His only misfortune was, that his fuse burned through faster than the others.

I am Apis1s grand gran daughter, and as the most of the Serbs, I am sick and tired of this misinterpretation of history and western ignorance. Tekst koji je napisan je toliko konfuzan,nabijen sa istorijskim faktima da na kraju ne znamo sta je istina a sta imaginacija!

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Proverite svoje informacije ko je ko u prici! World War I was not inevitable folks anymore than nuclear holocaust was inevitable in October The world spins from crisis to crisis. Managing the crises takes men of courage, restraint, principle and brilliance.

The assassination of Franz Ferdinand evinced none of this by any involved–that is why the conspiracy of Apis triggered worldwide conflagration. Serbia should have arrested the assassins and handed them over to the Austrians in accordance with law.

Dear Steven, go back and read history again. Serbia did handed it to Austria and Princip was convicted to death and killed in Terezin, former Austrian-Hungarian Empire,today Czech Republic territory. I am impressed with amount of ignorance in this text and yours.

Other question for you, if Austria attacked Serbia for killing Ferdinand why would in the Earth they have attacked France and Russia. The truth is Austrians wanted the war, not against draagutin small Serbia, but against France and Russia way more powerful and rich countries. Take care and do not judge to any nation not knowing their history and legacy.

Come to Serbia, live with us, learn dimittijevic us and than say something.

The same advice I would give to the author of this very very stupid article. You use Wikipedia as a source and then draw a conclusion that this guy was the most evil man in history?

You could at least try reading Wikipedia pages from a language other than English where it can be edited by any dumb American let alone use sources that aren’t Wikipedia and might have a shred of reliability and credibility.

One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. The Serbs had suffered for centuries under Habsburg and Ottoman rulers, so do try and think through motives through those eyes. And have you ever read a biography that described his personality and character?


The accounts I read about him were that he was very intelligent, articulate, charismatic and good-humoured. Ever thought that he may have been doing what he sensed was his duty for the greater good?

Oh and Steven Ramirez needs to get a clue! The Serbian government offered complete cooperation with the Austro-Hungarian empire. They got no response. Instead they were presented with 14 demands that were designed to be impossible and rejected. Yet Serbia agreed to all but one where they gave up sovereignty. The Austrians, not the Serbians, began the war. Even if the nation of Serbia were much responsible for the assassination which is a long stretchthere was still no justification for war.

We aren’t talking about the Serbian government. We are talking an intelligence officer, who took it upon himself to overthrow his King, to whom he had sworn loyalty, for his own ends, through an organization that he created, The Black Hand. In to the powder keg that was pre-World War I Europe, introduce a man who cares about no one and nothing beyond what he wants. The world had been teetering on the brink of a great war since the beginning of the Balkan Wars, because Europe’s Leaders feared the consequences of such a war.

Into that morass steps Apis, who was never troubled by the millions of dead. If you have a heart and conscience, he is no hero, even if you are Pro-Serbia. While the others may have done stupid things, it was his lack of humanity, which led him to light the explosion which wiped out a generation. Without him there would never have been a Stalin or a Hitler. Evil only leads to further evil. To me, there was no great war. It is a tale of stupidity, arrogance and selfishness. And it all started with Apis.

I think that your thesis is mostly true, Brian Keith O’Hara. Perhaps Apis was not the most evil man in history, but he was one of the most evil ones. What is most ridicilous, many Serbs are celebrating him as a hero and a great patriot. An officer who has sworn to obey his King, then betrays his King, kills him and his wife and he’s still considered to be great patriot?

There are many of such examples of weirdness in Serbian psychology. Serbians always preferred the ruthless, violent people as their leaders, like Knjaz Prince Mihajlo Obrenovic, who came to power by organising assassination of Karadjordje Black George dimitrijvic, popular leader who led the uprising against Ottoman rule.

Another example was Slobodan Milosevic, the ruthless nationalistic leader who destroyed federal Yugoslavia and started a war to create Greater Serbia, causing the death of people in Bosnia, in Croatia. Serbian territory has always been the fertile ground for extreme ideas, or better said, extreme actions without much thinking where these actions might lead them.

For example, claims that Apis organised the assassination in order to liberate the Serbs from Austro-Hungarian rule, were only cheap excuse, because the Serbs were the minority of population in Croatia and Bosnia.

Why the Croats and Bosnians didn’t start uprising? I believe that Croats and Bosnians preferred evolution rather than revolution, knowing that revolution might cause heavy bloodshed. On the other hand, Apis seemed to be intelligent man, so why he ignorred the risk, that the assassination might lead to war which might devastate Serbia?

He was a fanatic, and I believe that he was encouraged by Russia, the empire which has been humiliated in Crimea war and wanted revenge against Western powers. There is another analogy: Just short time before Milosevic started devastating wars to submit his neighbours to his will, he sent the Chief of Serbian General Staff to Moscow to consult the Russians. I think that Russians gave them green light to start the war, promising military, economic and diplomatic support.


When Serbia started the war, they were submitted under international sanctions. But, in spite of the sanctions, they were supplied with fuel, weaponry, ammunition, through many smuggling routes.

Was it sheer luck? No, I think they were supplied by Russian highly advanced surface-to-air missiles. Recently, we have witnessed Russian aggression against Ukraine, proving again that Russian expansionism is not only theory, but fact.

Now, all they need to start large international conflict is to find more people like Apis, to help them with their insane plans. This entire essay demonstrates not stupidity, as so many have been quick to claim, but rather a misunderstanding of the causes of World War One. The war should not be viewed as some sort of conspiracy or chain of deliberate events.

It was a collective blunder by all the major European powers who failed to see the consequences of their seemingly negligible actions. When Dragutin planned the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, he could not possibly see a global conflict as the end result. He only imagined inciting a limited conflict with Austria-Hungary in which Serbia could gain territory.

When Austria gave their ultimatum, they too were unaware. They only envisioned crippling a rising power that they saw as a threat to their state. The first world war began with the european powers blindly stumbling towards disaster as a chain of unforeseeable events progressed.

And also, Apis’ coup inwhile not necessarily peaceful, was a necessity in undermining the authoritarian Oblevic dynasty.

I can remember seeing a cartoon from the ‘s, which showed Europe as powder keg, with the Balkans as a lit fuse. Some people got it even then. I think I was 10 when I saw it. Everyone knew these were dangerous times that they lived in, in response, everyone was maneuvering to create alliances, not to start a war, but to force their opponents to consider the scale of the carnage which would follow, so that no one sought to unleash the “dogs of war” because, in light of the horrendous slaughter of the American Civil War, no one knew for sure what the outcome would be.

Basically, you can use the poker analogy, everyone kept raising the stakes, hoping to keep everyone in the game no one could afford to foldbut no one checks either. But those who were intelligent enough, like Apis, they knew. I’m convinced that he knew exactly what he was doing and he knew exactly what the consequences were. They were horrified at the position Apis and Serbia had put them.

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The Tsar made a personal plea to the Kaiser, to stop the insanity. Of course, no one listened. Apis acted entirely in Serbia’s interest, the rest of the world be damned.

And that is exactly what he accomplished. The objection to his massacre of the Royal family has always been how bloody and vicious it was. He had sworn an oath to defend and protect the royal family. He djmitrijevic that oath, acting like Bolsheviks would only a few years later. You could argue, if he had the support of the people, that sending them into exile, would dimitrrijevic him what he wanted, an aggressive Serbian Government and King, but break his oath, exile would be offering protection to his King.

Servia’s capital Belgrade should have received a nuclear bomb on so all these Serb apologists would drahutin silent forever. Clinton was a coward. What a load of rubbish.

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