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Holy Legionary YouthFascist Activism in Interwar Romania$
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Roland Clark

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780801453687

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801453687.001.0001

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Salvation and Sacrifice

Salvation and Sacrifice

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Holy Legionary Youth

Roland Clark

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the Legion of the Archangel Michael's rhetoric on salvation and sacrifice. It begins by focusing on Father Grigore Cristescu, who became heavily involved in the Legion from 1933 forward, mentoring legionary students who wanted to pursue careers in theology. Cristescu's rhetoric about sacrifice, individualism, the corruption of society, the power of the deed, and the importance of strong, moralistic government resonated perfectly with legionary teachings. This chapter explores how the Legion successfully blended religion and ultranationalism in Romania, how it won the support of priests, and the legionaries' participation in the Spanish Civil War of 1936. It also considers how the Legion used the deaths of Ion Moţa and Vasile Marin as a propaganda exercise that translated directly into success in the elections of December 1937.

Keywords:   elections, Legion of the Archangel Michael, salvation, sacrifice, Grigore Cristescu, ultranationalism, Romania, Spanish Civil War, Ion Moţa, Vasile Marin

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