Ambassador David Slinn kicked the first ball in the football match played at the Primary School Kajzerica in Zagreb to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War Christmas Truce.
The event commemorated the 1914 Christmas Truce when British, French, Belgian, Indian and German soldiers stopped fighting and took part in a spontaneous football match in ‘no-man’s-land’ near Ypres - a moment of humanity in otherwise dark time in world history.
Two hundred students from ten schools in Zagreb joined the project co-organised by the British Embassy, British Council and The Office for Education, Culture and Sport , City of Zagreb. After working for two weeks on the educational pack “Football Remembers 1914 Christmas Truce” prepared by the British Council, the students today presented the topic in the form of plays, songs, poems and power-point presentations. They showed lots of creativity and enjoyed every minute of it!
Later on the students, joined by Ambassador Slinn and Croatian celebrities, played the match before hundreds of fans. We thank the schools that remembered history with us: OŠ Grigora Viteza, OŠ Ivana Meštrovića, OŠ Frana Galovića, OŠ Bukovac, OŠ Zapruđe, OŠ Dragutina Domjanića, OŠ Matije Gupca, OŠ Kajzerica, OŠ Trnjanjska and OŠ Stjepana Bencekovića.