Viorel Virgil Tilea
Viorel Virgil Tilea (n. 6 April 1896, Sibiu - d. September 20, 1972, London) was a Romanian politician and diplomat. He was Ambassador of Romania in the period 1938 - 1940 After the establishment of the Antonescu regime refused to return to the country and sought asylum in England. He was the grandson of the daughter of Dr. Ioan Ratiu memoranda.
He was the son of Honorius and Emilia Tilea, grandson of Dr. Ioan Ratiu daughter and great-grandson of Prepoz. Basiliu Ratiu. In 1921 Eugenia căsătotit Pop (deceased in 1947) and in 1951 was married to Manuela Monroe. He was a great patriot Romanian, European vocation, politician, diplomat, journalist and writer Romanian, Romanian member of Freemasonry. He studied at Sibiu, Bratislava, Cluj, London and Vienna. He was Doctor of Laws from the University of Vienna.
Political and diplomatic activity
During the First World War has been incorporated into the Austro-Hungarian Army. In October 1918 he joined the Romanian National Council. He was sent to Geneva to meet with the representative of the President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson.
During the period February to October 1919 was private secretary to an appointment, and during October-December 1919 of Alexander Vaida Voivod She attended the Paris Peace Conference. The period 1919-1920 was attached diplomatic Romanian Legation in London.
He has published nine books on political and diplomatic.
His name Viorel Tilea remained in the history of the Second World War. He was envoy extraordinary and plenipotentiary in London from 1938 to 1940. It is known for "incident Tilea" preceding the Second World War. On 16 and 17 March 1939 and submitted to the Foreign Office said that the Romanian government had reason to believe that in the coming months, Germany will proceed to the disintegration of Romania, in the same way as it did with Czechoslovakia. Although the Romanian government denied the existence of a "German ultimatum" British cabinet has set in motion the whole politico-diplomatic gear. The result was the termination policy of conciliation London and Paris to Berlin.
Unfortunately, the illustrious diplomat was very close to the truth. In 1940, Romania lost Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina, Transylvania Quadrilateral and North. All of them were made by mixing directly or indirectly through annexes German secret treaties with neighboring countries, including the USSR. In September 1940, he was recalled home, but refuses and asks for political asylum in England. Dismissed from his post, losing citizenship and all properties in Romania.
He was a close friend of the regime of King Charles II and supporters of the exiled Romanian monarchy. He was Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE). Free Romanian movement founded in London. In 1948 the communist state a second time withdraw his Romanian citizenship. He was president of the National Peasant Youth, "call".
Viorel Tilea was one of the persons who was almost removed from the national history after 1940, by Concealing the truth about his political activities, journalistic and diplomatic. History was unjust Memorandum illustrious grandson. As a bitter irony, his grandfather was ousted Hungarian chauvinist extremists in Turda, and he was removed twice from Romanian citizens by political extremists.
A witness and active participant in all major events of the Romanian people in the first half of the twentieth century. He was the first head of the Romanian Legation in London, who worked and lived in the prestigious building located in 1 Belgrave Square. The building now houses the premises of the Embassy diplomatic representation of Romania and the Romanian Cultural Institute. In 2009, at the initiative of Ambassador Ion Jinga, our Embassy diplomatic protocol and also former office Viorel Tilea became "The VVTilea Room" (Show VV Tilea) and was marked by a bronze plaque that is engraved name diplomat. Viorel Tilea died in England.
According to the wish expressed in his will, his memoirs of the mission in London were published by his family. View: VV Tilea, Ileana Troiano, Envoy Extraordinary. Memoirs of a Romanian Diplomat. (London Haggerston Press, 1998). The initiative followers families tile-Ratiu archives were donated to the Central University Library "Lucian Blaga" University of Cluj-Napoca.