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Romania: Fascist Movement Organizes Summer Camp

  • Michael Shafir

Prague, 14 July 1997 (RFE/RL) - Romania's Legion of Archangel Michael -- also known as the Iron Guard -- is organizing a summer camp at Eforie Sud, on the Black Sea coast. This is the second consecutive year that the Legion, which is modelled on the interwar Fascist movement led by Corneliu Zelea Codreanu, has organized a summer camp at this site, which was used for similar purposes by Codreanu's movement.

One of the movement's leaders told the independent news Agency AR Press that some 40 people will participate in the summer camp, whose activities will include studying the history of the Iron Guard and learning its songs.

Its founder, Codreanu, was assassinated in 1938 on the orders of King Carol II but the movement briefly came to power in 1940 setting up the state headed by general (later Marshal) Ion Antonescu. A few months later it was outlawd by Antonescu after trying to oust him from power.