From Dr. Tarian Popovici's letter to the Governor:

Mr. Governor,

The French revolution that gave mankind the gift of justice and freedom took a toll of 11,800 while with the winter coming soon you are sending 50,000 to their deaths….Do you really want to go down in history along with someone like Robespierre? I for one do not want history to soil my name. Think about it. There's still time. Get in touch with the Marshal [Antonescu] and entreat him, in your capacity as governor, to at least put this off until the next spring.