Ryland Andrews & Charles Vopicka — Americans in Romania at the beginning of WWI | Discussion

When: 10.05.2018 - 18:00
Where:  Americké centrum, Tržiště 13, Praha 1 – Malá Strana

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Main image In 1921, Vopicka published his memoirs of his wartime service in these countries, Secrets of the Balkans.

Two American relatives of Czech-Americans in Romania will discuss their family history and the experience of their relatives overseas during World War One.

Charles J. Vopicka, the American minister, and Ryland B. Andrews, manager of the Standard Oil company, were in touch when Romania entered the war on the Allied side in August 1916. In January 1917, they both left Romania and returned to the United States. Andrews was probably aware of the Anglo-Romanian Destruction Committee plan, which included the destruction of Standard Oil’s refinery before the arrival of the German troops and shared his war experience with Military Intelligence Section of the War Department in Washington, D.C. This led to his assignment as the U.S. Military Attaché in Romania.

Vopicka served as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Romania, Serbia, and Bulgaria during World War I and remained in this position until two years after its conclusion.

In partnership with the Romanian Cultural Institute.

The program will be in English.