Valeriu Georgescu Pro-U.S. Romanian figure


GENEVA -- Ex-American oil executive Valeriu Georgescu, 89, who passed on news to captured U.S. pilots while himself a political prisoner in his native Romania in World War II, died of cancer Saturday.

He and his wife, Lygia, were at the center of a 1950s U.S. diplomatic standoff with the Communist government of Romania. They were stripped of their Romanian citizenship while they were on a business trip to New York, but the Romanian government refused to allow their two sons to join them.

In 1953, the U.S. government expelled a Romanian diplomat who Mr. Georgescu said tried to enlist him as a spy in exchange for the release of the boys. After President Eisenhower intervened, the sons were reunited with their parents in 1954.

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