Friday, February 10, 2012
Monarchist Profile: Corneliu Codreanu
Like many at the time he viewed the Jews as being behind the communist revolutionary movement. That would have been enough to warrant his opposition to the Jews in Romania but he had other reasons as well. One level was religious. His ideal was a purely Christian Romania and the Jews were of a different faith. His nationalism also engendered his distrust of Jews who were a nation without a country of their own, living in Romania but, as he saw it, always remaining Jews first and Romanians second. Had a Jewish state existed at the time one can imagine Codreanu, for all his much talked about anti-Semitism, being totally supportive of it. As he grew older and more involved in politics he took a very dim view of the world around him. Having studied in Berlin he was sickened by the chaos and depravity rampant in the Weimar Republic of Germany. When Mussolini and his Black shirts (the actual Fascists) successfully pulled off their “March on Rome” he applauded them, as did many in the world at the time who were certainly not fascists, for putting a stop to the threat of a communist revolution in Italy. Yet, there were few men more unlike Codreanu than Mussolini, an atheistic republican who had been a lifelong socialist.
In 1938 King Carol II dissolved Parliament and began ruling on his own. Codreanu was swiftly arrested and on the night of November 29-30 was strangled to death along with several of his compatriots by the police. The Legion was almost wiped out, began even more radical and finally achieved some measure of power under the pro-Axis dictator General Ion Antonescu. However, the general soon turned against them, removed their members from power and with German support succeeded in wiping out most of them. What Codreanu would have thought of those cruel and violent years no one can say but he certainly would have considered himself fortunate that he did not live to see the decades of Soviet domination over his beloved country. He was not a perfect man and can be criticized for many things but his love of country and his sincere faith certainly cannot be questioned.