• Remembering 1980s Romania

    December 10, 2019 by

    I have collected items that I obtained from my travel there in 1990, 1994 and from eBay pertaining to the 1980s life in Communist Romania. This is the decade of worsening deprivation and oppression that peaked in 1989; the year of the execution of dictator Ceausescu and his wife Elena on Christmas Day. This month… Read more

  • Book Censorship

    February 4, 2020 by

    Here is my collection of books of dissident authors, poets, playwrights and journalists. Some are banned writers publishing outside of Romania or emigres living in such places as Hungary, Germany, France, Spain and the U.S. In Romania from the late forty’s until 1989, intellectuals and writers were imprisoned, sentenced to hard labor, had their works… Read more

  • Subversive Jokes

    January 22, 2020 by

    My friend MIrcea from Brasov told me the following jokes in 1990. There must have been a high degree of risk in telling jokes like these. In the morning the sun greets Mr. Ceausescu with “Good Morning Mr. Ceausescu, you look wonderful. In the afternoon, while eating lunch, the sun greets Mr. Ceausescu with “Good… Read more

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