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Constantin-Karadja

Consul General at the Romanian Consulate in Berlin 1932-1941 and Director of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bucharest, Romania 1941-1944. Karadja wrote strident letters to the Romanian Foreign Office decrying the treatment of the Jews in Germany, openly declaring that he must defend Jews as a matter of international law and the universal principles of human rights. He made lists of Jews and their property lost as a result of Aryanization and pressed the Romanian government to pursue restitution. He persuaded the Foreign Office not to mark Jewish passports with a “J” as requested by the Germans. Recalled to Bucharest in 1941, Karadja continued his fight for the Jews, essentially forcing his government to provide protection to Romanian Jews living under occupation throughout Europe. Karadja was recognized as Righteous Among the Nations on May 18, 2005 for saving hundreds of Jews and for his lifelong dedication to the principles of human rights.