“Addressing depends on how someone wants to address you. I’ve been through it all, so it matters less to me. I have many titles, but I don’t use them now because I have other things to do” – wrote Otto von Habsburg in a letter of reply dated 29 April 1996. He was responding to questions from a 16-year-old high school student, which were then published in the form of an interview in the local high school newspaper.
The Spanish flu, also known as the 1918 flu pandemic, was the first worldwide epidemic in history, wiping out about 3 to 5 percent of the world’s population. 98 years ago Charles IV, the father of Otto von Habsburg and the last Hungarian king, was among those who lost his life battling the disease.