RUMANIA: Passage to Peace

Terror swept the Bessarabian plains, driving the peasant folk and bourgeoisie like leaves in a rising storm. The Red Army was less than 70 miles away and advancing westward from the Kiev bulge. Behind the crumbling German front, Rumania trembled.

To bolster the authority of pro-Axis Premier Ion Antonescu, fresh batches of Gestapo agents arrived in Bucharest. Temporarily as in neighboring Bulgaria (TiME, Jan. 10), the Nazi hold might be strong enough to prevent outright defection. But neither the Nazis nor the orders of the quisling Premier could halt Rumania's rising panic.


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