Mihai Stelescu: The Forgotten Legionary
Stelescu (on the left) with Codreanu
Many nationalists are sure to have heard of the Romanian Iron Guard and Corneliu Codreanu and admire them greatly. I am one of them. However, there is one Legionary who many people have forgotten about or do not even know ever existed, and this Legionary is Mihai Stelescu. Stelescu's synthesis of the mystical Romanian nationalism and anti-Jewry/pro-Orthodoxy of the Iron Guard with elements of revolutionary socialism was a virtually unknown, yet very important, stepping stone in the creation of National Bolshevism.
Unfortunately, not many details of Stelescu's life are known. He was however born in Galați and joined the Iron Guard as a teenager. He received the Guard's highest honor, the White Cross, and became Codreanu's lieutenant. But Stelescu would later leave the Guard to form his own political movement, the Crusade of Romanianism. Why he left the Iron Guard has been disputed. Although some say that he was actually trying to assassinate Codreanu on the orders of King Carol II, I feel this is probably untrue, considering King Carol was a bourgeois monarchist that would gladly persecute any national-revolutionary group, both the Iron Guard and Crusade of Romanianism included. But, now we shall delve into the ideology of Stelescu's political party itself.
The Crusade of Romanianism
Basically, Stelescu's CoR was the equivalent of Strasser's Black Front in NS Germany. It, like most other fascist and national-revolutionary groups, is considered to be "far-right", and Stelescu brought in ideas from multiple ideologies, mainly communism and Italian fascism, and adjusted them to the Romanian national character. According to those who worked with Stelescu, he admired Leon Trotsky and Nazi racial theorist Alfred Rosenberg equally. The group also opposed Jewry. Stelescu believed Jews as a whole were a rootless and disloyal race, and the Crusade's newspaper once wrote, "Panait Istrati, do you know what it is we need? A fist... The Crusade of Romanianism will attempt to become that fist... Our antisemitism? Just the same as yours: a humane one. But it is also combative, for as long as the Judaic element shall attempt to set up a state within our own state, sabotaging us with any opportunity it gets." It also opposed feminism, once stating that the role of women was to be "the guardian angel, always in the shadow of man." Along with the Iron Guard's opposition to Jewry, the Crusade also shared another important concept - Romanian Orthodoxy. In fact, this is what caused the party to oppose the Soviet Union and Stalinism, as they felt these things had created an international campaign against Christianity. But in 1934 Stelescu happily and correctly noticed that nationalism was making its return in the Soviet Union, and Mother Russia "was returning in full force" thanks to Stalin.
It shames me to say that Stelescu simply did not have much influence on world politics or even on Romanian politics. He ended up being killed by members of the Iron Guard, who considered him to be a traitor, and was forgotten about, neither condemned nor remembered, by mostly everyone (Romanians included) ever since. While I personally admire the Iron Guard and Ceausescu as well when it comes to Romania, we must not forget the Stelists or their leader Mihai Stelescu, and their contributions to National Bolshevism. While most of the world may have forgotten Stelescu's ideas, they live on in the National-Bolsheviks and revolutionary nationalists of today, whether they realize it or not.http://radtradnazbols.webs.com/apps/blo ... -legionary