The Times/1933/Obituary/Mme. Christitch

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MME. CHRISTITCH

Mme. Elizabeth Christitch, who died in London on Thursday at the age of 73, was a gifted writer, and her name was well known as a contributor to leading English and American publications.

The daughter of Mr. John O'Brien of Loughghur, Co. Limerick, she was a patriotic Irishwoman, but was also deeply attached to the country she had adopted in marrying a distinguished Serbian soldier, Colonel Christitch. From her home in Belgrade she was correspondent for the short-lived Tribune, and during the Balkan War of 1912 she championed the cause of the little Christian peoples of the Balkans in a series of articles in several London daily newspapers and also in the Chicago Tribune. She nursed Serbian soldiers in the War of 1913, and received the Serbian Cross of Merit and a medal from the Red Cross Society. In the Great War she did Red Cross Work at Belgrade. Mme. Christitche's version of the Serbian National Anthem was published in The Times of 1914, and was sung in this country during the whole period of the War. At one time Colonel Christitch held a diplomatic post at the Imperial Court in Russia, and there his wife collected much material for articles published in English and American reviews. She was very active in the suffrage movement, and her championship of the cause had a marked effect on Roman Catholic opinion. She leaves a son, General Nikola Christitch, and two daughters, Annie, journalist and lecturer, and Janie, in religion Mother Mary of the Cross.


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