The blanket of secrecy that covered MI6’s activities during the Second World War has been partially removed with the publication of Keith Jeffrey’s (2010) admirable history of the organization, yet in respect of Romania little has entered the public domain in Britain about the work of the MI6 network. It was active throughout the war in gathering and passing on information to the British authorities about Axis military operations in the area between the Rivers Dniester and Bug in southern Ukraine that was administered by Romania between 1941 and the early part of 1944. The restoration to history, therefore, of Alexander Eck and his network is overdue.1


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  1. 10.
    For the policy of Romanianization, see Ştelan Cristian Ionescu (2015), Jewish Resistance to ‘Romanianization’, 1940–44, Palgrave Studies in the History of Genocide (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    George Tomaziu (1995), Jurnalul unui figurant [The Diary of a Stand-in] (Bucharest: Editura Univers), p. 42.Google Scholar
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    Dennis Deletant (2002), ‘Transnistria 1942: A Memoir of George Tomaziu. An Eyewitness Account of the Shooting of a Column of Jews near the Rov River in 1942’, in Kurt Treptow (ed.), Romania: A Crossroads of Europe (Iaşi: The Centre for Romanian Studies), pp. 231–44.Google Scholar
  4. 36.
    Declaration in French of Alexander Eck, given at the request of the military prosecutor Captain Ion Săvulescu on 8 July 1944 in CNSAS, Fond I, 203732 (Arhiva Operativă, File 203, 732/1), 1, ff.l40r-146v, translated by this author. A misprint in a (partial) transcription of this declaration in French, published by Raluca Tomi, gives the date as 8 August (in fact Eck had been moved to Malmaison jail by this date) (Tomi (2009), p. 129, footnote 116). Mihnea Gheorghiu, in his declarations to his interrogators between 26–9 June 1944, stated that he received a monthly sum of 15,000 lei from Tomaziu which rose incrementally to 70,000 lei (Alesandru Duţu, Ioana Negreanu, Elena Istrăţescu, Vasile Popa, Maria Ignat, Alexandru Oşca and Nevian Tunăreanu (2002), România: Viaţa Politică în Documente [Romania: Political Life in Documents] (Bucharest: Arhivele Naţionale Ale României), pp. 166–7).Google Scholar

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  • Dennis Deletant
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  1. 1.Georgetown UniversityUSA

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