King Michael’s of Romania „Proclamation to The Nation” on the night of 23 August 1944

Romanians,

In the hardest hour of our history I decided, in full communion to my people, that there is only one way to save the country from total disaster: leave our alliance with the Axis powers and immediately cease fire against the United Nations.

Romanians,

A new government of national union was entrusted the mission to fulfill the country’s wish to make peace with the United Nations. Romania accepted the armistice offered by the Soviet Union, Great Britain and the United States of America. From this moment cease the fights and any acts of hostility against the Soviet army, as well as the state of war against Great Britain and the United States. Receive the soldiers of these armies with faith. The United Nations assured us the independence of our country and the nonintervention in our internal affairs. They admitted the injustice of the Vienna Diktat by which Transylvania was taken from us.

Romanians,

Our people understands to be the master of his own faith. Anyone who would be against our freely taken choice is an enemy of our nation. I order the army and call the people to fight will all means against such people. All citizens must gather around the throne and the government to save the nation. He who disobeys the government and is against the people’s will is a traitor.

Romanians,

The dictatorship is over and all oppressions cease. The new government means the beginning of a new era in which the rights and liberties of all citizens will be secured and respected. Alongside the Allied armies and with their help, mustering all the forces of the nation, we shall pass the boundaries imposed by the unjust Vienna Diktat to release Transylvania from foreign domination.

Romanians,

The future of our nation depends on the courage with who we shall defend our independence from any attempt against the choices we freely maid.

With full trust in the future of the Romanian people, we walk with determination on the roard to create tomorrow’s Romania, a free, strong and happy nation.

Mihai”

(own translation)

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Romanians!

In the hardest hour of our duty, I have counted on the absolute unity of my people in the only way for the salvation of our country from a total catastrophe; to break away from the alliance with the Axis powers, and to cease immediately hostilities with the Allies.

Romanians!

A new national coalition government has been entrusted with the carrying out of the unanimous decision of the country to make peace with the Allies.

Romania has accepted the armistice offered to her by the Soviet Union, Great Britain, and the United States of America. From this moment cease all fighting and any act of hostility against the Soviet army, as well as the state of war with Great Britain and the United States.

Receive the soldiers of these armies with confidence. The Allies have guaranteed the independence of the country, and nonintervention in our internal affairs. They have recognized the injustice of the Vienna agreement through which Transylvania has been taken from us.

Romanians!

our people are understood to be masters and arbiters of their own fate. Whoever should stand against our free decisions, whoever should attack our rights, whoever this may be is an enemy of the nation.

Romanians! 

I order the army and I call citizens to gather around the throne and the government for the salvation of the country. The one who will not obey the orders of the government is opposing the will of the people and is a traitor to the country. Dictatorship is at an end, and with it is ended all oppression. The new government means the beginning of a new era! an era in which justice and liberty are guaranteed to all the citizens of the country.

Romanians!

On the courage with which we will defend our independence against any attempt to take away our right of self-determination, depends the fate of our country.

With absolute faith in the future of the Romanian nation, let us step forth on the new road of accomplishment for the Romania of tomorrow—a Romania free, powerful, and happy.

Mihai”

(Princess Ileana, I live again)

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