Alexander E. Ronnett

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Vasile Posteucã (left) and Alexandru Ronnett (right)

Alexander E. Ronnett, also known as Alexandru Ronnett, (September 5, 1920 - September 17, 2001) was a dentist and a Legionary activist and writer.

Biography

Alexander Ronnett was born in 1920 in Bukovina, near Suceava, and was educated at the Universities of Margburg and Frankfurt. At a young age he became a member of the Brotherhoods of the Cross and thus a member of the Legion of Michael the Archangel. Ronnett was arrested during the dictatorship of King Carol II in 1938 as a part of Carol's persecutions of the Legionary Movement and imprisoned until the establishment of the National Legionary State in 1940. After Antonescu's coup against the state in 1941, he fled to Yugoslavia and later arrived in Vienna and was placed into internment camps by the Germans along with thousands of other Legionaries. During the Legionary Romanian National Government in Vienna led by Horia Sima, Ronnett fought as a soldier against the Soviet Union. [1] At the end of World War II, Ronnett fled to the United States to escape the Communist regime. After first living in Iowa, he moved to Chicago and attended the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, graduating in 1954. Ronnett served three years in the U.S. Army Dental Corps in Frankfurt, Germany during the Korean War while Simultaneously completing his medical degree in Frankfurt. After returning to Chicago he opened his own dental office. [2] He was notable for president of the Romanian-American National Congress, a representative of the World Anti-Communist League, and president of a Legionary organization called "Freedom Front." Ronnett was heavily involved in anti-Communist activism and collaborated with numerous anti-Communist newspapers and groups. [3] Alexander Ronnett is the author of Romanian Nationalism: The Legionary Movement[4] and “The Legionary Movement in Romania” (written with Faust Bradescu),[5] two important works on the Legionary Movement in the English language.

Quotes

  • "Authors who tremble before the excesses of the [Legionary] Movement, why do they not investigate the real causes? Why not scientifically explain why Legionaries were killed in 1932, 1934, in 1938-42, in 1946-54? Why were thousands of innocent people thrown into prisons and camps? Why were Codreanu and his comrades strangled? Why were three members of the Movement shot on city streets and several hundred in camps, at midnight? What damage have the Legionaries done to Antonescu that he invented a "rebellion" in January 1941, and then hunted them for years?..." (from "Nationalismul Crestin Romanesc Fata cu Mondialismul," an excerpt from Neam fãrã noroc sau Blestemul lui Zamolxe)
  • "That same year (1948) in May tens of thousands were arrested throughout the country. The prisons were filled to saturation with Legionaries. Especially three of these prisons - Pitesti, Aiud, and Gheria - will be forever remembered for the tragic fate of the Legionaries..." (from Romanian Nationalism: The Legionary Movement)
  • "Man is a bearer of superior values which transcend his particular existence. As such, being a divine creation, his spiritual values precede all material needs. For the realization of these values, the individual must fight and sacrifice throughout his life. Among his principles there exists a hierarchical order. The individual is subordinate to his nation, and, in turn, the nation is subordinate to God and His divine laws." (from Romanian Nationalism: The Legionary Movement)
  • "The world is still unaware of many truths which were [hidden] through the care of some powers of the time. It is especially unaware of the positive. and therefore real and beneficial, side of nationalist movements. They are habitually called Nazi, terrorist, dictatorial, etc., and all possible defects are imputed to them. The truth is something different, and it must came out as soon possible. before the wind of hate which is blowing everywhere sweeps away the last vestiges of good sense and humanity. The wave of calumny must cease, and society must become aware that there are two sides to the coin." (from "The Legionary Movement in Romania")
  • "If, up until now, the Legionary Movement has been presented in a derogatory light, it is because the foundations of its doctrine, as well as its educational precepts, ran counter to the political conceptions based on materialism and immorality . In it people discovered a powerful renewing force which in the long run would be capable of overthrowing the dominant conception of our mixed-up and indecisive world - not only at the philosophical level, but also at the practical socio-political level. A national mission and universal vocation were perceived in the strength of its exceptional norms. Such ideas could not help but disturb the political factions which were dominant or dreaming of domination." (from "The Legionary Movement in Romania")

Works

  • Romanian Nationalism: The Legionary Movement
  • Will Communism Overtake Us?
  • Neam fãrã noroc sau Blestemul lui Zamolxe
  • "The Legionary Movement in Romania"
  • "An interview with Horia Sima, Commander-in-Chief Legion of Archangel Michael"
  • Preface to Nightmare in broad daylight by Ion Nicolau
  • "Nationalismul Crestin Romanesc Fata cu Mondialismul"
  • "Mircea Eliade"
  • "In Pragul Mortii"

References

  1. Nicolae Nita, "Dr. Alexandru Ronnett," Centrul de Documentare Legionara, <http://www.miscarea.net/ronnett.html>.
  2. Krystyna Slivinski, "Dr. Alexander E. Ronnett, 81," Chicago Tribune (Sept. 20, 2001), <http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2001-09-20/news/0109200324_1_dental-office-medical-clinic-family-physician>.
  3. Nicolae Nita, "Dr. Alexandru Ronnett," Centrul de Documentare Legionara, <http://www.miscarea.net/ronnett.html>.
  4. Alexander E. Ronnett, Romanian Nationalism: The Legionary Movement (Chicago: Romanian-American National Congress, 1995).
  5. Alexander E. Ronnett and Faust Bradescu, “The Legionary Movement in Romania,” The Journal of Historical Review, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 193-228. Link to online IHR version: <http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v07/v07p193_Ronnett.html>.

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