There are two purposes in my having created this website:

    to make the collection available to the widest possible audience both as a source of information and as an entertaining "you-are-there" experience

    to attract foundation or private funding to make possible the removal of the collection from its present location to a place where it can be visited by scholars and supervised groups of students and adults. Ideally, the contents of the "museum", currently housed in the United States - including the collection of trains, accessories, landscape, related artifacts, works of art, sound sources and research materials - would be moved and enlarged.
    For example, because Strasbourg is now the capital of the European Community, that city would be a suitable location. Descendants of the European peoples involved in the First World War would be able to study the causes of the conflict and reflect upon its still reverberating consequences.
    Another possibility would be to locate the collection in a non-European country where understanding of the complex causes of the First World War could be aided by visiting and study.

    In a new museum, the audio-visual sound-track, the script for which already exists, would introduce the departure of the "Orient-Express" from Paris and describe its progress as far as Vienna. (No suitable locomotives exist at present to haul the train farther. By the time the museum might be relocated however, it could be possible for the train to reach Budapest.)


The “Sarajevo 1914 Collection”, begun in 1979, has been and continues to be assembled
in partnership with Ingrid Bitter, Director MC W. Schueler, Stuttgart

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