of the Hungarian nobility in Slovakia




Abdication of Emperor Charles I of Austria (King Charles IV of Hungary)

of 11 November 1918*)

Vienna, 11 November 1918.


Since my accession I have incessantly tried to rescue my peoples from this tremendous war.

I have not delayed the re-establishment of constitutional rights or the opening of a way for the people to substantial national development.  Filled with an unalterable love for my peoples I will not, with my person, be a hindrance to their free development.

I acknowledge the decision taken by German Austria to form a separate State.  The people has by its deputies taken charge of the Government.  I relinquish every participation in the administration of the State.  Likewise I have released the members of the Austrian Government from their offices.

May the German Austrian people realize harmony from the new adjustment.  The happiness of my peoples was my aim from the beginning.  My warmest wishes are that an internal peace will be able to heal the wounds of this war.

Vienna of 11 November 1918


                            Karl m. p.

                                                                      Lammasch m. p.


*) Source: Source Records of the Great War, Vol. VI, ed. Charles F. Horne, National Alumni 1923 (2011-06-25)