Another vignette that probably won’t get into the official WW1 commemorations. From Count Harry Kessler’s diaries: an acquaintance tells the Count of a meeting in Vienna.
On 31 July 1914, when the whole world was waiting for the Serb reply to the Austrian ultimatum, he saw Berchtold in the funfair part of the Vienna Prater standing next to a merry-go-round notorious as a meeting place for male prostitutes. An extremely pretty youth, in white trousers and a white pullover, winked smartly every time the merry go round took him past a very smartly dressed man, whose eyes never left him. When the merry-go-round halted, the youth stepped down and went up to the gentleman, who greeted him and took him along. This was Berchtold. At the moment the two were leaving, newspaper sellers rushed on the scene with shouts of ‘Serb answer to the Ultimatum! War with Serbia! Austrian invasion of Serbia!’ The start of the World War which Berchtold had precipitated.
Ah, well. Wien bleibt Wien and all that.