Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)/Czernin von Chudenitz, Count Ottokar
CZERNIN VON CHUDENITZ, COUNT OTTOKAR, Austrian statesman, was Austro-Hungarian ambassador to Rumania in 1914, when the World War broke out, and for some time after. The entry of Italy into the war on the side of the Allies having discredited Burian, the Foreign Minister, who had carried on the negotiations with Italy, he was forced to resign, Dec. 23, 1916, whereupon Count Czernin was appointed to his place. Czernin represented Austria-Hungary in the negotiations with Bolshevist Russia, preceding the Brest-Litovsk Treaty. He resigned on April 15, 1918, being involved in the scandal resulting from a letter written by the Emperor himself to his brother-in-law, Prince Sixtus of Bourbon, through whom it was proposed to effect a peace with the Allies at Germany's cost.