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Radu Scarlat Arion
Diplomat (1904-1991)

Athens, Easter 1964

Born: May 16, 1904, in Bucharest, as son of Scarlat C.Arion and Caterina (born Christopol)


Descendant of an old boyar family, whose genealogic tree goes back to the middle of the XVII century. Among its most illustrious names are: Major-General Heracle I. Arion (1838-1903); Constantin C. Arion (1855-1923), Foreign Minister in the Marghiloman government (1918) and later deputy Prime Minister and President of the Conservative Party; university professors, MP and Senators  Virgil C. Arion (1861-1942) and Dinu C. Arion (1884-1966); Plenipotentiary Minister Mihai (Misu) A. Arion (1884-1963); MP and Senator Scarlat C. Arion (1868-1937).

Married in 1931 to Viorica Ionescu-Clejani (born on December 22, 1905, Bucharest, daughter of Gheorghe Dobre Ionescu-Clejani (born on April 8, 1880), graduate in Law (Sorbonne, Paris), conservative MP (First College, Vlasca) and of Maria Ionescu (born on March 19, 1884). Two sons: Constantin, engineer (Imperial College, London) and Scarlat, architect (Oxford Brookes University, former Oxford Polytechnic), professor of Fine Arts and art historian.

Radu and Viorica Arion


  • Secondary studies at "Sf.Sava" High School, Bucharest, continued in Nice, France, where the family took refuge during the First World War, via Moscow and St. Petersburg 

  • Graduate of Law (Sorbonne, Paris)

  • PhD in Roman Law (University of Bucharest)


  • 1928, October 1 - admitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as "Attaché de Légation", after having presented a written essay on "The Extradition Principles and Procedures" and a composition in French on the theme: "The Question of Bessarabia in a Historical, Ethnographical and Political Perspective, from the end of the XVIII Century to Date"

Identity Card, 24 December 1930

  • 1932, July 1 - promoted to the rank of Secretary of Legation, third class

  • 1934, November 1 - released from active service at his own request

  • 1936, November 16 - recalled into service

  • 1937, November 1 - promoted to the rank of Secretary of Legation, second class

  • 1938, May 1 - appointed Secretary of Legation in Athens (he is given the choice between Athens and Washington and chooses Greece)

  • 1941, June 15 - becomes Chargé d'Affaires of Romania to Greece and remains in this position up to February 28, 1946. During the Italo-German Occupation, Italy and Germany had plenipotentiary representatives for Greece.

  • 1942, September 29 - travels for consultations with the leadership of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is given an audience by the Queen Mother and is invited to luncheon by King Michel; he also has a long meeting with Marschal Antonescu

  • 1943 - promoted to the rank of Secretary of Legation, first class

    • June 19 - travels for the last time to Bucharest

  • 1944 - exceptionally promoted to the rank of Diplomatic Counsellor

 The Chargé d'Affaires of Romania and Mrs Radu Sc.Arion
 at  the Te Deum Celebration on May 10, 1943, at the Cathedral of Athens

  • 1946, February 28 - refuses to return to Romania under the regime imposed by the soviet troops and remains in Greece. Thereafter he rescues the diplomatic archive of the Romanian Legation, which are finally returned by his son, Constantin Arion, during a ceremony held in 1992 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bucharest.

Athens, 1958

  • 1950 - becomes the Representative in Greece of the Romanian National Committee, the Delegate of Romanian Welfare Inc. and of Caroman

  • 1991, September 16 - dies in Athens after a long illness

Activity in Greece

- during the Second World War, while Greece was under the occupation of the Axis Armed Forces, he succeeds in obtaining from the Government of Romania  a shipment of 300 food wagons, which was distributed in Athens with the assistance of Angelos Georgatos,Mayor of Athens and the support of Princess Nicholas of Greece (née Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia) and Archbishop Damaskinos. Through his persistent interventions, he persuades the occupying authorities to spare numerous lives,  among which are 53 workers of the Tramway Company, skipper Constantin Tsatsos (later on admiral, cousin of C. Tsatsos, President of Greece), professor Nicos Louros, Alexis Ladas and Frank Makasky. His numerous interventions in saving the lives of many Greeks condemned to death by the occupying forces, as well as his involvement in the food distribution to the starving population of Athens, were both known in Cairo, by the then government-in-exile. He was highly praised in 1944 by Philip Dragoumis, Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, for his pro-Hellenic attitude during the Italo-German occupation.

- he asserts himself as one of the outstanding contributors of the newspaper "Vocea libertatii" (Voice of Freedom), founded in 1954 by Greek-Romanian journalists, Basil  Moussou and Doru Petropouliadis. The newspapar's goal was to "present to the Greek public opinion the real situation in Romania, which was experiencing the cruelest domination of its whole history and to keep the people's faith in the liberation of their homeland alive"

- in his publications and conferences, organized by the Assembly of Captive European Nations, in Paris and London, he reveals the dramatic situation beyond the Iron Curtain and denounces the systematic destructions  of human values in his homeland. He demands the imposition of a set of sanctions to the regime in Bucharest, the respect of peace treaties and the observance of human rights. He vehemently protests against the actions of the Romanian government and demands from world leaders to ensure safeguarding people's rights: "we are now facing not only small injustices or small infringements to liberty, we are confronted by the strongest oppression history has ever witnessed. Hundreds of millions of people are under the cruellest terror ever in history, under the most systematic terror; hundreds of millions of people, representing old and powerful civilizations, are methodically and relentlessly destroyed by the Bolsheviks".

- he assumes the responsibility of helping numerous refugees in exile, even before the establishment of different organizations he will later represent: the Romanian National Committee, Romanian Welfare and Caroman. He carefully supervises, with the help of the Apostolic Nuncio in Athens, Monsignor Testa,  and of the United Nations Refugee Aid, the transfer to Trieste of cca 12.000 refugees from Romania. In 1955, he brings and distributes, on behalf of Romanian Welfare Inc., 163,000 kg of food for Greek refugees, followed later on by a second quantity five times larger.


  • Knight of the Order "Steaua Romaniei" (Star of Romania)
  • Knight of the Order "Coroana Romaniei" (Crown of Romania)
  • Medal "Centenary of King Carol I"
  • Grand Officer of the Order "Coroana Romaniei" (Crown of Romania)
  • Grand Cross of the Order "Coroana Romaniei" (Crown of Romania)
  • Officer of the Order "Steaua Romaniei" (Star of Romania)
  • Jugoslavenska "Kruna IV"
  • CB. "Caba IV"



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