FOREIGN RELATIONS: The Course of Honor

Heavy, dark-haired Valeriu Georgescu was just about to leave for the office when the telephone began ringing in his New York apartment. He picked it up offhandedly. A second later, listening to the voice of the strange man on the other end of the wire, he felt a shock of mingled hope and alarm. The stranger began by suavely explaining that his name was "Costapeter," and that he was just in from Rumania. Rumanian-born Valeriu Georgescu understood instantly. He had been stranded in New York during a visit in 1947 by Communist seizure of the Rumanian oil industry, had...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!