Ambassador Alfred Moses – Author Discussion
Alfred H. Moses, former U.S. ambassador to Romania during the Clinton administration, will discuss his book BUCHAREST DIARY: ROMANIA’S JOURNEY FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT and his many years of leading Jews out of Romania to freedom. He will be in conversation with Ambassador Daniela Gitman, past Romanian State Secretary and Ambassador-at-Large, who will be visiting from Bucharest for the occasion. Joining them will be Mark A. Meyer, National Chairman of the Romanian-American Chamber of Commerce.
About the Book and Author
In the 1970s, Alfred Moses, an American attorney visiting Romania with the American Jewish Committee, was approached on the streets of Bucharest by young Jews seeking help to emigrate to Israel. Helping Jews get out of Romania became his mission until the communist regime fell in 1989. Until then, Moses had met periodically with Romania’s communist dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu, to persuade him to allow increased Jewish emigration. This experience deepened Moses’ interest in Romania—one that culminated in his serving as U.S. ambassador to the country from 1994 to 1997 during the Clinton administration.
The ambassador’s time of service in Romania came just a few years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent collapse of communism in Eastern Europe. During this period Romania faced economic paralysis and was still buried in the rubble of communism. Over the next three years, Moses helped nurture Romania’s nascent democratic institutions, promoted privatization of Romania’s economy, and shepherded Romania on the path toward full integration with Western institutions. Through frequent press conferences, speeches, and writings in the Romanian and Western press and in his meetings with Romanian officials at the highest level, he stated in plain language the steps Romania needed to take before it could be accepted in the West as a free and democratic country.
Bucharest Diary is filled with firsthand stories, including colorful anecdotes, of the diplomacy that helped Romania recover from four decades of communist rule and, eventually, become a member of both NATO and the European Union. Romania still struggles today with the consequences of its history, but it has reached many of its post-communist goals, which Ambassador Moses championed at a crucial time.
Alfred H. Moses is a Washington attorney and chair of UN Watch (Geneva). He was special counsel to President Carter (1980-81), U.S. ambassador to Romania (1994-97), and special presidential envoy for the Cyprus conflict (1999-2001). He was national president of the American Jewish Committee immediately before becoming the ambassador. In 2002, he was awarded Romania’s Marc Cruce Medal (Order for Merit) by President Ion Iliescu of Romania, the only American to have been so honored. For more about the book and author, visit bucharestdiary.com.
About the Event
This event launches The Hampton Synagogue’s summer season of its Author Discussion Series. It will conclude with a dessert reception and book signing.