Thursday, June 30, 2011

Romanian President Condemns Former King of Romania as Pro-Nazi, Pro-Soviet

Romanian President Traian Basescu has strongly criticized King Michael I of Romania, accusing him of complicity in the Holocaust during World War II and of serving Soviet interests in the country. President Basescu's comments have stunned Romanians, among whom King Michael remains highly popular. Although King Michael's reign saw the rise of a pro-Nazi government in the country, it was the king who organized the overthrow of the fascist regime. He later sought to remain in Romania as the Soviet Union orchestrated the rise to power of a Communist regime there, but abdicated when the new Romanian Communist authorities threatened to execute 1,000 Romanians if he did not do so. More here.

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