BERLIN (Agence France-Presse) - Franz Künstler, the last surviving World War I veteran from the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, died Tuesday in Niederstetten, Baden-Württemberg, Germany where he had lived since 1946. He was 107.
His death was announced by town officials.
Mr. Künstler was born in a German-speaking area of what is now Romania in July 1900, joined the army in 1918 and served in the artillery in Italy until the end of the war.
Mr. Künstler also fought in World War II and in later life became known as "the emperor's last soldier," receiving requests for autographs from England, Germany and the United States.
"I could do with a secretary," he told the German magazine Cicero in April.___________________________________________________________________________