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The Cult of Elena Ceausescu 20/04/2014

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Historical studies have often overlooked Elena Ceausescu. Her limited education made it easy to dismiss her as too ordinary or too stupid. But Cristina Liana Olteanu argues that she is worthy of examination.
This post summarises Olteanu’s study and presents snapshots from the phases that she identified in the development of the cult around Elena Ceausescu.
Phase 1: Wife and mother
In January 1973 Nicolae Ceausescu’s birthday was celebrated publicly on a large scale for the first time. Elena was only mentioned in passing in tributes, although her birthday fell in the same month as his. (more…)

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Ceausescu’s daughter, the eternal collateral victim 02/06/2012

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Zoia Ceausescu, the daughter of Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu, was subjected to pressure her entire life. From the outset, her destiny was in the hands of her parents, who wanted to control her and “arrange” her life. Even her name was politically motivated. Although he would later become an anti-Russian patriot, Nicolae Ceausescu named her Zoia in honour of the Soviet heroine Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya, a partisan executed by the Germans. Born on 1st March 1949, Zoia entered adolescence just as her father was fighting to gain control over the Romanian Communist Party and the country. More about Ceausescu’s daughter

Coming soon: Ceauşescu tours! 22/10/2011

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Romanian Tourism Minister Elena Udrea proposes to organise tours of the country’s communist past. These tours – which couldn’t be offered anywhere else in the world  – could be a hit. So says Ştefan Liuţe, co-founder and strategy director at Grapefruit, one of the largest branding agencies in Romania. Read more about Ceauşescu tours

Chickens’ Paradise 28/08/2011

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Chickens’ Paradise (Raiul găinilor) – a humorous, bittersweet slice of life in post-communist Romania by sociologist and author Dan Lungu. Read on

Post-communist bizarreness 28/12/2010

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The Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes in Romania has published the results of a new opinion survey about the regime described as “illegitimate and criminal” by President Traian Băsescu.1 Commentators have described the position of public opinion on the communist dictatorship as thoroughly “bizarre” and “ambivalent”. Read analysis of Romanian attitudes to the communist past