100th anniversary of beginning of Reiss' work in Serbia

BELGRADE - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic will attend a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the beginning of work of Swiss professor and forensic scientist Archibald Reiss in Serbia, which will be held in Topcider Park on Thursday.

The president will lay a wreath, pay tribute to Reiss and deliver a speech, the president's press service released in a statement.

The ceremony will also be addressed by Minister of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Issues Aleksandar Vulin and Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation in Serbia Jean-Daniel Ruch.

As part of the ceremony, a photo exhibition on the life and work of Archibald Reiss will be opened, the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Issues stated in a release.

Archibald Reiss was born in Hausach, Baden, on 8 July 1875, and died in Belgrade on 7 August 1929. He was a German-Swiss criminology-pioneer, forensic scientist, professor at the University of Lausanne and writer.

Reiss was commissioned in 1914 by the Serbian government to investigate atrocities committed by the Austro-Hungarian, German and Bulgarian army during World War I, and he published numerous books and reports on his findings.

He grew to love Serbs, and stayed for the rest of his life in Serbia. Reiss joined the Serbian Army in its retreat across Albania and the Thessaloniki Front and marched into the liberated Belgrade in November, 1918, with the Morava Division.

He was buried in the Topcider cemetery in Belgrade and, at his own request, his heart was placed in an urn on the Kajmakcalan Hill, near the graves of other Thessaloniki Front soldiers.

Here in the urn, at the top of the Kajmakcalan, a golden heart sleeps, a friend of Serbs in the worst...

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