Athene Palace: Hitler's New Order Comes To Rumania

Paperback | August 22, 2013

byR. G. WaldeckForeword byRobert D. Kaplan

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On the day that Paris fell to the Nazis, R. G. Waldeck was checking into the swankiest hotel in Bucharest, the Athene Palace. A cosmopolitan center during the war, the hotel was populated by Italian and German oilmen hoping to secure new business opportunities in Romania, international spies cloaked in fake identities, and Nazi officers whom Waldeck discovered to be intelligent but utterly bloodless. A German Jew and a reporter for Newsweek, Waldeck became a close observer of the Nazi invasion. As King Carol first tried to placate the Nazis, then abdicated the throne in favor of his son, Waldeck was dressing for dinners with diplomats and cozying up to Nazi officers to get insight and information. From her unique vantage, she watched as Romania, a country with a pro-totalitarian elite and a deep strain of anti-Semitism, suffered civil unrest, a German invasion, and an earthquake, before turning against the Nazis.
 
A striking combination of social intimacy and disinterest political analysis, Athene Palace evokes the elegance and excitement of the dynamic international community in Bucharest before the world had comes to grips with the horrors of war and genocide. Waldeck’s account strikingly presents the finely wrought surface of dinner parties, polite discourse, and charisma, while recognizing the undercurrents of violence and greed that ran through the denizens of Athene Palace.

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On the day that Paris fell to the Nazis, R. G. Waldeck was checking into the swankiest hotel in Bucharest, the Athene Palace. A cosmopolitan center during the war, the hotel was populated by Italian and German oilmen hoping to secure new business opportunities in Romania, international spies cloaked in fake identities, and Nazi officer...

R. G. Waldeck (1898–1982) was a German-American journalist and author of several books, including Prelude to the Past.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1.4 inPublished:August 22, 2013Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022608633X

ISBN - 13:9780226086330

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Robert D. Kaplan
 
1          Rumanian Scene
2          Athene Palace
3          The Germans
4          Fifth Column
5          Bessarabia
6          Transylvania
7          The King
8          Abdication
9          Regina Mama
10        Bloodless Revolution
11        Military Mission
12        The Hohe Tier
13        November in Bucharest
14        German Order
15        Rumanian Finale
16        Epilogue

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“There are many reasons why this book should be read. Those interested in the war will appreciate Waldeck’s shrewdness as an observer of the political scene. . . . Athene Palace also merits appreciation for the entertaining vigour of its language, in which Waldeck’s personality—catty, egotistical, mischievous and inquisitive—is constantly felt. She writes with acuity, élan and a sassiness that can border on the camp. . . . Waldeck’s combination of political alertness and literary talent recommends Athene Palace to our age as surely as her own.”