Posted 16 August 2009 - 01:30 PM
I'd assumed it related to Italy but on finally looking it up I see that this was a Romanian Fascist organisation with religious zealot overtones called 'The Iron Guard', or 'Legion of the Archangel Michael', and led by one Cornelius Zelea Codreanu (who talked to angels... ones with armbands by the sound of it). Looks like your classic bit of deranged politics from that period and part of the world.
I'd never heard of them, and as one website says: "The tragedy of the Romanian Jewry remains one of the most neglected chapters in the history of the Holocaust.". So I thought I'd dig out some web-stuff.
Wiki seems reasonably solid:
Iron Guard - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Corneliu Zelea Codreanu - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Iron Guard death squads - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
And this is the site that quote's taken from:
History of the Iron Guard
Nizkor has the most solid looking testimony stuff (as ever in this area):
Shattered! Fifty Years of Silence: Table of Contents
Other than that I'm finding repetition of the Wiki articles, modern fascists, and New York Leather boy's websites - Anyone have any more history?
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