communist romania

anonymous asked:

Hi, I uh-can you just talk about how great your mom and dad are? Thanks.

Me ma and me pa? Yeah sure.

It was love at first sight for dad. He and mom had a college friend in common who introduced them. Dad first made sure to ask whether mom was seeing anyone. He wooed her with her favorites: flowers. It doesn’t sound complicated, but back in communist Romania it wasn’t easy to obtain gorgeous flower bouquets. Dad knew a gypsy florist who had his “stash” for every date. Basically dad was super romantic and thoughtful.

Fast-forward years later after they got married, mom and dad spent seven years having fun as a wedded couple. See if they work out. My mom didn’t want kids but she loved my dad so much that she wanted to give him a daughter. My dad never tried to persuade her. And a daughter was a must in events of a kid. He didn’t want a son. A huge no. Luckily, they got their daughter.

Now my parents have always been best friends. They’re cheeky and flirty with each other even 30+ years of marriage later. Dad’s always been active for the family. Even as newlyweds he always helped mom clean and cook. My dad’s a rare non-misogynist 50′s man. He puts his wife & daughter first and is present fully in our lives. He’s not the “uuugh I gotta actually parent??” type of man. I could always count on him growing up and I was “daddy’s girl” (in the true, pure meaning of that saying). Mom made sure I had a “girl power” mentality growing up. It helped a lot because I took no bullshit. I remember my friend telling me about her gross boyfriend lovingly and I was like “??? whaa???”.

They had their fights, sure. Money can bring trouble in paradise. We’re all still together though and my parents are happy every day. They help each other, love each other, respect each other, as they have from day one of their relationship. They’re role models for me and I’m glad these days I have the financial power to help them out with the mountain-side house they’ll spend their old age in. They deserve picturesque peace and quiet.

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Yes, Romania is beautiful, but we can’t post images of our great castles or our breathtaking nature at this moment. Everything is in danger right now. The government of the PSD (the neo-communists) made corruption legal. It’s true, it’s great, would Trump say. But we’ve had our share of corruption. We’re done. We want transparency. We want to be a modern country. But now, those politicians want to legalize corruption and of course they are the ones who won’t end up in jail because of this new law. They steal our money and our lives. 

We, the people, can’t do anything about it, except this: protest and share our message with the world. We only want to live in this beautiful country with breathtaking nature and great cultural places, but without those corrupt and arrogant politicians. 

Please help us, and share. And Romanians: protest!

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It was 1989.

It was late December and the previous night I came back from a ski trip with friends. Up in the mountains, no radio, no mobile phones, no nothing, this was communist Romania so we only found out in the train back that our world started to move. That Romanians had enough of that so called “communist dream” and started to fill up the streets, marching and demanding to overthrow that monument of corruption called the Romanian Communist Party, starting with its dreaded leader Ceausescu…

After a few hours of worried sleep I woke up in the late morning in the sound of chants coming form the main street. My mother was looking stunned out the window. “Look at them, they are coming from the Bargaie. They must have gathered at the factories there to march into town. They must be crazy, poor blokes… Securitatea are shooting at people on the streets you know? And the army… There are already victims everywhere, in Cluj, in Timisoara…” I looked out the window and felt like hardening every second “…and what are we doing now, mom?” “We? We… just wait here…” “But we cannot wait, mom! We cannot wait here… we must go and see what’s going on! Waiting here is, is, is just wrong!” said defiantly the teenager I was at the time. My mother started to weep “But, but your father? He’s out to get the daily bread ratio, he will be worried as hell seeing we’re missing?” “He will know where we are. Let’s go.” And off we went, scared but with no regrets, because we had to go. We met dad in the main square by sheer chance later, chanting with the others, and the rest is already known.

27 years later, the followers of that communist party had time to slowly morph into a proper mafia. They abandoned any illusion of ideology and thus, freed by the burden of maintaining principles, finally managed to attain full political control of the country. This week they started to modify the laws to fit their corrupt ways, to pardon their already jailed mafiosi, to make abuse and malpractice legal and to restrict whistleblowing. I’m thousands of kilometers away from that country now, but I know I must get out on the streets again - with the same deep hatred but more prowess. We are hundreds of thousands on the streets, again.

And I’m going now with my kid.

(not my photos, I still have to find the authors)

ROMANIA. Bucharest. 1989. In an example of acute historical irony, this anticommunist civilian uses an AK-47 to hunt down secret police during the overthrow of Nicolae Ceausescu, Romania’s oppressive communist dictator.

The Romanian Revolution was a period of violent civil unrest in December 1989 and part of the Revolutions of 1989 that occurred in several countries. The Romanian Revolution started in the city of Timișoara and soon spread throughout the country, ultimately culminating in the show trial and execution of longtime Communist leader Nicolae Ceaușescu, and the end of 42 years of Communist rule in Romania. It was also the last removal of a Communist regime in a Warsaw Pact country during the events of 1989, and the only one that violently overthrew a country’s government and executed its leader.

Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty

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There was a communist coup, but not in my place. It happened in Czechoslovakia! So, now Czechia and Slovakia are ruled by communists too, along with Romania, Poland, Hungary and Bulgaria and Germany’s brother?!

Their situation was a bit too similar with mine: they had also communists in their government, a minority, but also their minister of Interior was one of them. And because of that, their state police are full of communists, like mine is, too.

But there are also differences… they are a little bit more positive about Russia because he and France were the only ones who promised to protect them from Germany in 1935… which never happened, but it´s the thought that matters. And Russia and their union helped them to get rid of the German occupation later.

Some people abroad think that I will be the next. They are already placing bets “Czechoslovakia last week, Finland this week”.

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anonymous asked:

You know I was reading some of your asks/answers and realized that you, as a teacher, can get into a lot of trouble with your views regarding lgbt people and their rights. I mean, in my country people are very conservative, but I can imagine that in a former communist state like Romania, things can be the same or even worse.

The thing is I only have my opinions, so I only get in trouble for not shutting up and for annoying people.

But I assume you can imagine how much it sucks for a fellow friend and teacher who is bisexual and in a relationship with a woman. Had she been anything else, there would not have been any problems, but she has to keep her relationship a secret, because she can lose her job and even the pupils she is home tutoring.

So, Romania is a relatively young state. Before the founding of Romania the Romanians lived approximately in three official principalities: Moldavia, Transylvania and Wallachia. But as throughout Europe borders were constantly changing. Just look at this fascinating gif-map.

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Close-ups of his face since I’m not getting to a scanner any time soon…

…and if you want to know what he talks about in the magazine, say the word.

EDIT:

He talks about leaving Romania when he was 8 and the cultural shock it was, seeing bananas for the first time in a supermarket in Vienna (that is understandable, since before the Revolution in 1989 not many people in Romania had seen real bananas), feeling like a stranger the first few years, trying to learn german and then again english when he moved to US; that was easier since his stepfather was american. He had an accent in highschool and he wanted so much to fit in.

He talks about some memories he has from the Revolution, students in a Dacia (that’s a romanian car) shouting and waving a flag with a hole in it (that was emblematic for the revolution, the hole was the place where the coat of arms of Communist Romania used to be).

His first role was of a homeless Romanian child in a small movie in Vienna -  his mother took him to a few castings there - but he didn’t like it very much, he found it boring to wait on the movie set. He started to like acting in highschool. The most important moment was meeting his manager at Stagedoor Manor 17 years ago and he started going to auditions in New York at 16.

 He then talks about being very lucky in his career, about how important is to remind yourself to have fun, not to take rejection personally, to rely on your instinct but to be open to the director’s vision, how useful it was to have the comic books for Captain America and how very exact Darren Aronofsky vision was.

In the end he talks about film and theater: how the theater gives you the possibility to do something new every evening and how special it is to communicate through one image in movies.

That is a summary, more or less exact, since I don’t have much time and my english I’m sure is not great! But I’ll post the pages with the interview. (italics are mine)