Ethnic Dissent In Eastern Europe: The Romanian—Hungarian Conflict

  • Geza Szöcs


According to a time-worn anecdote, impossible to verify, in 1941, when war was officially declared between Hungary and the United States, President Roosevelt posed the following questions to his Deputy Secretary of State:

‘Does Hungary hold any territorial demands against us?’

‘None, Mr President.’

‘Then against which country does it hold them?’

‘Against Romania, Mr. President.’

‘So Hungary has now declared war on Romania too?’

‘No, begging your pardon. In this war, Romania is an ally of Hungary.’


Foreign Policy National Minority Warsaw Pact Soviet Troop Minority Policy 
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© Foreign Policy Research Institute 1991

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  • Geza Szöcs

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