Ottokar Czernin

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Czernin, Ottokar


Born Sept. 26,1872, in Dymokury, near Podébrady, in what is now Czechoslovakia; died Apr. 4,1932, in Vienna. Austrian political figure; count.

In 1903, Czernin was elected a deputy to the Bohemian diet from the chauvinistic German Party. In 1912 he became a member of the Austro-Hungarian House of Lords. From December 1916 to April 1918 he served as minister of foreign affairs. Recognizing the profound crisis of the Hapsburg monarchy, Czernin sought a compromise peace treaty with the Entente. For this reason he conducted secret negotiations with France; news of the negotiations, however, reached the press and led to his resignation. From 1920 to 1923, Czernin was a member of the National Council of Austria.

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Bratianu's main purpose, correctly identified by the experienced Austro-Hungarian ambassador in Bucharest, Ottokar Czernin, was to gain time.
47) These qualities necessary in a realistic statesman exasperated him during neutrality and led the Austro-Hungarian Foreign Minister, Ottokar Czernin, to declare, during a visit to Bucharest on 27 February 1918, that Bratianu was "the biggest bastard history has known.