'I could not define how I entered into the struggle. Probably like a man who, walking the street, with his preoccupations, his needs and his own thoughts, surprised by the fire which is consuming a house, takes off his jacket and rushes to give help to those who are the prey of flames. With the common sense of a young man of twenty or so, this is the only thing I understand in all I was seeing: that we were losing the Fatherland, that we would no longer have the Fatherland, that, with the unwitting support of the miserable, impoverished and exploited Romanian workers, the Jewish horde would sweep us away.'
-Corneliu Codreanu



[Below: Airmail postage stamps, 1940.]


[Below: Stamp above but with rare overprint '1 Mai 1941 - Jamborega Nationala'.]


[Below: Postage stamp issued by the National Legionary State bearing Codreanu's portrait. The caption reads 'Captain may you give the country the likeness of the Holy Sun that shines up in the sky'. Circa 1940.]


[Below: Legion stamps, 1940.]

[Below: Sheet form.]


'Dear comrade in arms,
after 15 years of battles, persecutions and sacrifices,
Romania’s youth must know
that the hour of the Legionaire victory isn’t far.

All of our enemies attempts will be crushed.
All plans of tempting us,
All attempts at buying our souls,
All attempts of seperating us,
and all treasons will fall to the ground.

Look at them, at your tyrants,
straight in their eyes.

Endure with submission all blows,
endure all pains,
whatever they may be,
because our sacrifices will be the iron foundation
made from broken bodies
and from tortured souls,
of our Victory.

Those, among us, who will fall
will have names and tombs of heroes,
and those who will kill us
will bear the names of traitors
and will be cursed from generation to generation.

From the depths
the Legionnaire rises victorious with his rock-like soul.

Those who think they can defeat him…
as well as those who think they can buy him…
will soon, but too late…
Come to the conclusion…
that they were wrong.”
-Corneliu Codreanu


[Below: Corneliu Codreanu at a military school in 1913 with his father Ion Codreanu.]

[Below: Codreanu with two friends.]

[Below: Codreanu with father.]


'The law of honor:
Go along only on the paths of honor.
Fight, and never be a coward.
Leave the path of infamy to others.
Better to fall in an honorable fight than win by infamy.'
-Corneliu Codreanu

[Below: Legionaries celebrating Codreanu's birthday in 1933.]


'The Jews are our enemies and as such they hate, poison, and exterminate us.
Romanians who cross into their camp are worse than enemies: they are traitors.
If I had but one bullet and were faced by both an enemy and a traitor, I would let the traitor have it...'

-Corneliu Codreanu, from 'For My Legionaires: The Iron Guard (1936)

[Below: Codreanu and his wife Elena Ilinoiu Codreanu (1902-1994).]

[Below: Codreanu and his wife Elena Ilinoiu Codreanu (1902-1994).]

[Below: Codreanu and his wife Elena Ilinoiu Codreanu (1902-1994).]

[Above: This basically says 'In the midst of those present at the great event' -- the great event being his wedding.]


'The law of silence:
Speak little.
Say only what you must.
Speak only when necessary.
Your oratory should be deeds, not words.
You accomplish: let others talk.'
-Corneliu Codreanu

[Below: This basically says 'Corneliu Codreanu and the accused in the middle of the jury'. Note the swastika flag in the background.]

[Below: Also pictured here is Ion Mota (back row, far right), deputy leader of the Iron Guard, who was killed in the Spanish Civil War.)]

[Below: Codreanu as a young officer]

[Below: Circa 1938]

[Above: Wedding celebration.]


'There is no doubt that, in this world, there are all sorts of
people who look nice, but are empty inside, who do not feel either
moral or spiritual aspirations in addition to the physical gifts with
which nature blessed them... But in Corneliu Codreanu, his
magnificient physique corresponds to an exceptional inner wholeness.
Exclamations of admiration from men left him indifferent. Praise
angered him. He had only a fighter's greatness and the ambition of
great reformers... The characteristic of his soul was goodness. If
you want to penetrate the initial motive that prompted Corneliu
Codreanu to throw in a fight so hard and almost desperate, the best
answer is that he did it out of compassion for suffering people.
His heart bled with thousands of injuries to see the misery in
which peasants and workers struggled. His love for the people was
unlimited! He was sensitive to any suffering that the working masses
endured. He had a cult for the humble, and showed an infinite
attention to their aspirations and their hopes. The smallest window,
the most trivial complaint, were examined with the same seriousness
with which he addressed grave political problems.'
-Horia Sima, successor of Codreanu as commander of the Legion in 1940, and co-ruler of Romania.
Taken from his his book 'Istoria Miscarii Legionare' (History of the Legionary Movement).

[Below: Funeral procession of coffins of Corneliu Codreanu and his murdered companions through the streets of Bucharest.]

[Below: Romanian heroes are honored, with Codreanu in the center.]

[Below: The grave of a saint and a hero.]

[Below: Newspaper from 1940.]

[Below: Newspaper from 1941.]

[Below: This basically says 'The Almanac of the Romanian Christian Newspaper'.]

[Below: Corneliu Codreanu signature.]

  • Corneliu Codreanu authored several books during his short life, including 'The Nest Leader's Manual (circa 1933)' and 'For My Legionaries (circa 1936)'. Additionally, the book 'The Prison Notes', was first published in English in 2011. It is Codreanu's final pieces of writing, written in his last days of his life (March and November of 1938) in the bleak and hopeless Jilava dungeon.
    Below are the newest editions from CZC Books, Liberty Bell Publications and Logik Förlag.

    [Below: Here is a Swedish editon of The Prison Notes.]


  • People all around the world continue to honor Saint Codreanu, here is but a glimpse...

    [Below: These postwar stamps mark the 25th anniversary of Codreanu's death.]

    [Below: Silver postwar coin from 1967.]

    [Below: .750 gold postwar coin from 1967.]

    [Below: Postwar coin from 1999 marking the 100th anniversary of Codreanu's birth.]

    [Below: This three coin set features coins honoring Corneliu Codreanu, Ion Mota and Vasile Marin.]

    [Below: Marches of the Iron Guard CD - front/inner.]

    [Below: CD back.]

    [Below: 1999 cassette release honoring Codreanu. Front/inside]

    [Below: Various shirt have been made over the years]

    [Below: Poster advertising an event]

    [Below: Poster]

    [Below: A Romanian patriot putting up a poster]

    [Below: Codreanu is honored in Iasi, Romania (the largest city in eastern Romania), on September 13, 2011, the 112th anniversary of his birth]