GERSTL: THE DEATHMASTER
Foreword and Geographical Apologia
Cluj, known today as Cluj-Napoca, is in Northern Transylvania – Romania. It has been contested by Hungary and Romania for centuries. In 1940, German and Italy compelledwhat was then known as Romania, to cede a substantial part of Transylvania, including Cluj- Napoca, to Hungary. That land was reclaimed by Romania at the end of World War II.Jews have occupied the area known as Romania for hundreds of years – always at theuncomfortable sufferance of the Romanian populace, always with anti-Semitic problems. Yet,in 1954, Romania was the only known country in the world that featured a
broadcastover its short wave radio service.I have used the name
instead of the old name
throughout this book.