Register of the Georges de Serdici, baron, Papers, 1947-1990

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Register of the Georges de Serdici, baron, Papers, 1947-1990

Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, California

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  • Hoover Institution Archives
  • Stanford University
  • Stanford, California 94305-6010
  • Phone: (650) 723-3563
  • Fax: (650) 725-3445
  • Email: archives@hoover.stanford.edu
Processed by:
Laura Cosovanu
Date Completed:
1999
Encoded by:
Xiuzhi Zhou
© 1999 Hoover Institution Archives. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Georges de Serdici, baron, Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1947-1990
Collection number: 91016
Creator: Serdici, Georges de, baron, 1920-
Collection Size: 16 manuscript boxes 4 linear feet)
Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Correspondence, memoranda, press releases, depositions, legal documents, and printed matter, relating to political conditions in Romania; the trial of Iuliu Maniu, Vasile de Serdici and other leaders of the Partidul National Taranesc in 1947; Romanian émigré affairs; the Comitetul National Rom^an and other anti-communist organizations; and a lawsuit for defamation brought against Cicerone Ioanitoiu in France in 1985.
Language: Romanian, French English and Swedish.

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Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1991.

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Access Points

Political crimes and offenses -- Romania
Partidul National Taranesc
Maniu, Iuliu, 1873-1951
Serdici, Vasile de, baron, 1889-1953
Romanians in foreign countries
Anti-communist movements
Comitetul National Român
Ioanitoiu, Cicerone
Romania
Communism
Romania -- Politics and government, 1944-1989

Biography

1920 Born in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. Son of Vasile de Serdici, former Romanian landowner and one of the leaders of the Romanian National Peasant Party (Partidul National Taranesc), one of the most important parties during the inter-war period
1947 Co-defense attorney in the trial organized by the Soviet NKVD and the Romanian communist secret services (Securitate) against the leadership of the Romanian National Peasant Party, including Iuliu Maniu and Vasile de Serdici
1948 March Escaped illegally from Romania. Since then, has been living in Sweden, Great Britain, and Germany, running his own businesses in real estate, oil, and shipping, and engaging relentlessly in anti-communist activities
1982-1990 Secretary General of the Romanian National Peasant Party, currently the majority party of the ruling coalition of Romania
1989 Won the lawsuit he brought against Cicerone Ioanitoiu in 1985

Scope and Content

Georges de Serdici's papers cover mainly the years he spent as an émigré in the U.S., after 1948. His writings and correspondence deal mostly with émigré affairs and with the lawsuit for defamation he brought against Cicerone Ioanitoiu in 1985.
The grounds for this lawsuit lie in the publication of Ioanitoiu's book entitled Tombes sans croix (Tombs without a cross). In this book related to the trial organized in 1947 by the NKVD and by the Romanian communist secret service, Securitate, against the elite democratic politicians, Ioanitoiu depicts Georges de Serdici's father (Vasile) as a "traitor." He accused Vasile de Serdici of delivering the archives of the National Peasant Party (PNT) to the communists, and of betraying the PNT's leader during the 1947 trial. Ioanitoiu also emphasized that this behavior was characteristic of Serdici, who left the army during war time in 1918 in order to serve as a witness to Prince Carol (future Carol II, King of Romania) in his wedding to Zizi Lambrino.
Bringing Alexandre Cretzianu, Emil Ghilizean, Cornel Bianu and others as witnesses, Georges de Serdici proved to the Court the irrelevance to the case of the second accusation, and the groundlessness of the first one. Like all political prisoners in Romania during the 1940s-1960s, his father was tortured both physically and psychologically, and administrated drugs, thus rendered many times irresponsible for his actions. That fact, corroborated by the proof that V. Serdici did not have in his possession any archival materials to deliver to the communists, enabled Georges de Serdici to win the case in 1989.
Also of special importance in the collection are the materials related to the Romanian section of Radio Free Europe, and its alleged collaboration with Securitate (see files 1-5 in box 6 and files 1 and 6-8 in box 7).

Series Description

Box 1

BIOGRAPHICAL FILE, 1947-1983.

Scope and Content Note

Biographical notes, personal questionnaire, and resumes, arranged alphabetically by physical form
Boxes 1-8.

CORRESPONDENCE, 1948-1990.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence kept in original chronological files
Box 9

SPEECHES AND WRITINGS, 1948-1989.

Scope and Content Note

Articles, papers, radio broadcast transcripts, miscellaneous writings and notes, arranged chronologically by title
Box 10

SUBJECT FILE, 1952-1990.

Scope and Content Note

Communiqués, declarations, memoranda, regulations, speeches and writing by others, studies, clippings and other printed matter, arranged alphabetically by subject
Box 11

"NATIONAL ACTION," 1951-1969.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, memoranda, and minutes of meetings, notes, protocols, and reports, arranged chronologically. The term "National Action" was used by Georges de Serdici to refer to the activity of Romanians in foreign countries (Europe and the U.S.)
Boxes 12-16

LAWSUIT AGAINST CICERONE IOANITOIU, 1982-1990.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence with the lawyers, interpreters, and witnesses; clippings; excerpts from history books; legal reports; proceedings; translations; testimonies of witnesses; miscellaneous legal evidence, arranged chronologically

Container List

 

BIOGRAPHICAL FILE, 1947-1983

Box 1., Folder 1

Biographical notes, 1947-1983

Folder 2

Personal questionnaire for non-U.S. citizens of Radio Free Europe, 1957

Folder 3

Resumes, n.d.

 

CORRESPONDENCE, 1948-1990.

Additional Note

See also NATIONAL ACTION and LAWSUIT AGAINST CICERONE IOANITOIU
Box 1., Folder 4

1948. Includes correspondence with Alexandre Cretzianu, Alexandru Ghika, Grigore Niculescu Buzesti

Folder 5

1949

Folder 6

1950. Includes correspondence with Raoul Bossy

Folder 7

1951. Includes correspondence on Carol Davila; with International Federation of Free Journalists of Central and Eastern Europe and Baltic and Balkan Countries, and with National Committee for a Free Europe

Folder 8-9

1952.Includes correspondence with Dwight Eisenhower, Fundatia Regala Universitara "Carol I", Sabin Manuila, National Estonian Council, Constantin Visoianu

Box 2., Folder 1

1953. Includes correspondence with Fundatia Regala Universitara "Carol I"

Folder 2

1954. Includes correspondence with International Peasant Union

Folder 3

1955. Includes correspondence with Comitetul National Roman, Free Europe Committee, Radio Free Europe

Folder 4

1956. Includes correspondence with the Human Rights Division of the United Nations, International Peasant Union

Folder 5

1957. Includes correspondence with International Peasant Union

Folder 6

1959

Folder 7

1963. Includes correspondence with Ion Ratiu

Folder 8

1964

Folder 9

1965. Includes correspondence with Ion Ratiu

Folder 10

1966. Includes correspondence with Ion Ratiu

Folder 11

1967. Includes correspondence with Ion Ratiu

Folder 12

1968. Includes correspondence with Alexandre Ghika, Ion Ratiu

Folder 13

1969. Includes correspondence with Corneliu Coposu, Ion Ratiu

Folder 14

1970. Includes correspondence with Ion Ratiu

Box 3., Folder 1

1971. Includes correspondence with Ion Ratiu

Folder 2

1972. Includes correspondence with Michael, King of Romania, and Ion Ratiu

Folder 3

1973. Includes correspondence with Ion Ratiu

Folder 4

1974

Folder 5-6

1975. Includes correspondence with Gerald Ford, Ion Ratiu

Folder 7

1976. Includes correspondence on Ion Ratiu

Folder 8

1977. Includes correspondence on Ion Ratiu

Box 4., Folder 1

1978. Includes correspondence with Ion Ratiu

Folder 2-3

1979. Includes correspondence with John Connaly, Ion Ratiu

Folder 4

1980

Folder 5

1981

Folder 6-7

1982Includes correspondence with Radu Campeanu; Michael, King of Romania; and with Radio Free Europe

Box 5., Folder 1-2

1982. Includes correspondence with Michael, King of Romania

Folder 3-6

1983. Includes correspondence with Radio Free Europe

Box 6., Folder 1-2

1983. Includes correspondence on Vlad Georgescu, with Radio Free Europe, and Ion Ratiu

Folder 3-6

1984. Includes correspondence with Max Campbelmann, Radio Free Europe, and on Vlad Georgescu

Box 7., Folder 1-2

1984. Includes correspondence with Denis Diletant, Helmuth Kohl, and on Vlad Georgescu

Folder 3

1985. Includes correspondence with Denis Diletant and with Ronald Reagan

Folder 4

1986

Folder 5

1987. Includes correspondence with Ronald Reagan

Folder 6-9

1988. Includes correspondence with George Bush, John Whitehead, U.S. Department of State, and on Radio Free Europe

Box 8., Folder 1-3

1988. Includes correspondence with Corneliu Coposu, Michail Gorbachev, Ronald Reagan

Folder 4-8

1989. Includes correspondence with Charles, Prince of Wales; Mikhail Gorbachev; Michael, King of Romania; Michael Schapira; Leonid Zamiatin

Folder 9

1990. Includes correspondence with Corneliu Coposu

 

SPEECHES AND WRITINGS, 1948-1989

Box 9., Folder 1

"O Clarificare a domnului George Serdici," n.d. Typescript

Folder 2

"O Examinare a vestilor din tara," n.d. Typescript

Folder 3

"Fuga din Romania," n.d. Typescript

Folder 4

Notes on the Communist trial of the leaders of the Romanian National Party (PNT), n.d. Typescript

Folder 5

"Primire romaneasca," n.d. Typescript

Folder 6

"Report of the Regional Union of Free Journalists in Sweden," n.d. Typescript

Folder 7

"Secretar General," n.d. Typescript

Folder 8

Speech for the Estonian National Council, n.d. Typescript

Folder 9

"Tragica drama a poporului roman," n.d. Typescript

Folder 10

"La vie politique roumaine," n.d. Typescript

Folder 11

"Rumansk Fascist Ryskt Trumfass Mot Maniu," Svenska Dagbladet, 1948 May 5. Typescript

Folder 12

"Apell," 1952 June. Typescript

Folder 13

"Ny Rod Giv I Rumanien," 1952 June 28. Typescript

Folder 14

Comments printed in two Swedish newspapers regarding the alleged action against the Romanian legations in Stockholm and Copenhagen in 1955, 1955 February 16. Typescript

Folder 15

"Cazul Lahovari," Dagens Nyheter, 1955 March 3. Typescript. Includes Romanian translation

Folder 16

"Det Galler en Manniska," 1956 March 3. Typescript. Includes Romanian translation

Folder 17

"Appeal," 1956 June. Typescript

Folder 18

"La Rascruce de Drumuri," Vocea Libertatii, 1957 December 1. Typescript

Folder 19

"German Minority in Romania," 1958 January. Typescript

Folder 20

"Cinste lor," Vocea Libertatii, 1958 May. Typescript

Folder 21

"Pina cind," 1963 May. Typescript

Folder 22

"Punere la punct," 1963 June. Typescript

Folder 23

"Citeva cuvinte in plus," 1963 July. Typescript

Folder 24

"Ginduri pentru o noua indreptare a Actiunei Nationale," 1964 June-July. Typescript

Folder 25

"Ziarul La Nation roumaine si fruntasii P.N.T.," 1964 September. Typescript

Folder 26

"Framintarea exilului," 1964. Typescript

Folder 27

"Declaratiile Domnului George Serdici," Vocea Libertatii, 1969. Typescript

Folder 28

"President Nixon's Visit to Romania," 1969 July. Typescript

Folder 29

"Romanian Greeting," International Herald Tribune, 1969 August 1. Typescript

Folder 30

"Lifting the Vail of Confusion," B.I.R.E., 1969 September

Folder 31

"Avertisment," 1971. Typescript

Folder 32

"Criza Comitetul National Roman," 1975 February 20. Typescript

Folder 33

"La Roumanie d'aujourd'hui a Dlui Ion Ratiu," 1975 June 10. Typescript

Folder 34

"Conferinta Peneuropeana de Securitate de la Helsinki," 1975 June 23. Typescript

Folder 35

"Importanta lui Rene Theo si a lui B.I.R.E.," 1977 November. Typescript

Folder 36

"Comunicare din Partea Dlui George Serdici, Secretarul General al Partidului National Taranesc," 1982 November. Typescript. Includes English translation

Folder 37

"6 Martie 1945," B.I.R.E., 1983 March

Folder 38

"Punere la Punct," 1983 April 21. Typescript

Folder 39

Statement relating to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1983 July 13. Typescript. Includes Romanian translation

Folder 40

"Statement by Mr. George Serdici, Secretary General of the Romanian National Peasant Party, on the Recent Visit to Romania of Mr. George Bush, the Vice President of the United States," 1983 October. Typescript. Includes Romanian translation

Folder 41

"Trading with Romania," Newsweek, 1983 December. Typescript

Folder 42

"La Roumanie face au Kremlin," La Suisse, 1984 August 18

Folder 43

"Interview dat de catre domnul George Serdici doamnei Constatinescu si ziarului Curierul Romanesc dela Agered, Suedia," 1988 April 19. Typescript

Folder 44

"Communicate," 1988 April. Typescript. Includes Romanian translation

Folder 45

"Exilul Nostru Ar Putea Avea o Simnificatie," 1988 April-June

Folder 46

"Vasile Serdici," 1988 June 28. Typescript

Folder 47

"Romania: Communist Truths," 1989 September. Typescript

Folder 48

"Communicato," 1989 May. Typescript

Folder 49

"Note," 1989 July 9. Typescript

Folder 50

Miscellaneous notes. Holographs and typescripts

 

SUBJECT FILE, 1952-1990.

Additional Note

Communiqués, declarations, memoranda, regulations, speeches and writings by others, studies, clippings and other printed matter
Box 10., Folder 1

B.I.R.E. (Buletin de informatie pentru romanii din exil)

Folder 2

Campeanu, Radu

Folder 3

Dialog

Folder 4

Lambrino, Zizi

Folder 5

National Peasant Party. Includes communiqués, copy of Iuliu Maniu's testament, regulations, and notes concerning the activity of the NPP's members in exile

Folder 6

Pacepa, Ion

Folder 7

Radio Free Europe

Folder 8

Ratiu, Ion

Folder 9

Romania - Politics and government

 

1944-1989

Folder 10

1989-

Folder 11

Romanian Nation ( La Nation roumaine). Includes German translation

Folder 12

Romanians in France

Folder 13-15

Miscellany

 

"NATIONAL ACTION", 1951-1970.

Additional Note

Includes correspondence, memoranda, minutes of meetings, notes, protocols, and reports, relating to the activity of Romanians in foreign countries (Europe and the U.S.) and of the Comitetul National Roman
Box 11., Folder 1

1951-1952

Folder 2

1960-1963

Folder 3-7

1964-1965

Folder 8-9

1966-1970

 

LAWSUIT AGAINST CICERONE IOANITOIU, 1982-1990.

Additional Note

Correspondence with the lawyers, interpreters and witnesses; clippings; excerpts from history books; legal reports; proceedings; translations; testimonies of witnesses; miscellaneous legal evidence
Box 12., Folder 1

1982

Folder 2-4

1983

Folder 5-8

1984

Box 13., Folder 1-6

1985

Box 14., Folder 1-6

1985

Box 15., Folder 1-7

1986

Box 16., Folder 1

1987

Folder 2-3

1988

Folder 4

1989

Folder 5

1990