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Franz Kunstler, (1900-2008)

Eighty-nine years and six months after the armistice of November 11th, 1918, the last World War I veteran of Austria-Hungary has died in Germany. Franz Kunstler, 107, was born in the Kingdom of Hungary, (in a part of eastern Hungary now in Romania) which was part of the Hapsburg's Austrian Empire. He was in an artillery unit that saw action on the Italian front from February 1918 until the end of the war. He also served in the Ukraine in the German Army during World War II. In 1946, ethnic Germans were expelled from Hungary and Romania and he took up residence in West Germany where he was a museum guide.

Currently there is one known American veteran of the First World War left alive, and one in Great Britain.
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