George Tomaziu was the godson of Romania’s most celebrated composer and musician, Georges Enescu, who was married to Princess Cantacuzino and lived in a palace in Bucharest.
Nothing in his early life suggested the toughness needed to withstand abuse. On the contrary, his artistic spirit expressed itself in a voracious bi-sexuality and hunger for pleasure.
At one point during the war, he was artistic director of the Odessa Opera; a year later, he was in Romania’s most notorious prison. He died in 1990.
Jane Reid was married to the Number 2 at the British Embassy in Romania and befriended Tomaziu in the 1960s. It was her husband who negotiated to get Tomaziu out of the country in 1969, helping him settle first in London, then in Paris; she went on to translate his book. She is available for interview.
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Romania allied itself with the Nazis in the Second World War to protect itself from the Soviet Union and to promote its own brand of fascist nationalism.
When George Tomaziu, who had spent the 1930s preparing for a career as an artist, was invited to spy for Britain, he agreed because Britain then represented the only possible bulwark against Nazism.
He went on to monitor German troop movements through Romania towards the Russian front, observing, on one occasion, the mass-killing of Jews in the small Ukrainian town of Brailov.
He knew he might be arrested, tortured and killed by Romania’s rightwing regime but thought that if he survived, his contribution to the war effort would be recognised.
It wasn’t. After Romania turned Communist, he was sent back to prison in 1950 and kept him there for 13 years. Following his release, the British helped him get out of Romania and he settled in Paris. This is his memoir.
Spy Artist Prisoner
EXTENT 230 pages
SIZE 203mm x 127mm (8” x 5”)
BIC CODES JWXR, JPFQ
GENRES Non-fiction, Second World War, Romania, Spying, Imprisonment, Torture, Fascism, Communism
PUBLICATION DATE 3 March 2022
PR/PUBLICITY Alan Jepson
PHONE 07535 757740