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Life under Communism - the Party (Part 2)

Posted July 23rd, 2013 at 05:45 AM by Spatar (A blog on Romanian history)

As I was telling in the previous post, the first move of Ceausescu was to reorganize the Party. First he changed the name from Romanian Workers’ Party to Romanian Communist Party. This was not the original name of the inter-war period party which was titled Communist Party of Romania, and in retrospect constitutes and indication on the fact that the new Leader intended to pursue a nationalist policy.

With the change of the name came the change of the party cards. You have to realize...
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Life under Communism - the Party (part1)

Posted July 17th, 2013 at 08:48 AM by Spatar (A blog on Romanian history)

In the Socialist Republic of Romania, the leading political force of all the society is the Romanian Communist Party (Article 3 of the Constitution of Romania of 1965)

I have promised to update the blog monthly but different problems prevented me from doing that.

Another issue was the difficulty of writing about the role of the only organization that actually mattered, the Romanian Communist Party. Those who lived in those times still remembered the ubiquity of the Party...
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Life under communism: Organisations (Part 2)

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 07:28 AM by Spatar (A blog on Romanian history)

I am posting my second article on organizations in Communist Romania trying to deal with those who were seen as more powerful and more serious: trade unions and the Front of Socialist Democracy and Unity

1) Trade unions were a sort of necessary evil for the Communists. Normally they would have been dismantled but a party that was presenting itself as the vanguard of the working class could not really eliminate them. Thus the trade unions were given the role of “transmission belt” of...
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Life under communism: Organisations (Part 1)

Posted December 20th, 2012 at 06:23 AM by Spatar (A blog on Romanian history)
Updated December 20th, 2012 at 06:41 AM by Spatar

One aspect of the life under communism was really annoying. You had to be member in at least one organization from cradle (almost) to grave. Literally every citizen had to be enrolled in some organization and endure it.

As my posts are about the life in Romania, I will tell about the experiences there.

1) I was lucky enough not to be member in the organization known under the ridiculous name “The Country’s Falcons” (or Hawks?, beats me) where all the kids of age of 4...
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Life under communism

Posted April 6th, 2012 at 07:59 AM by Spatar (A blog on Romanian history)

There are many discussions in the Forum about the Communist times about different aspects of life under the regime or about the policies of the regime. I decided start a series of post under the blog about how the Communism was seen from inside, more specifically life under Ceausescu in Romania. There are enough materials on the web about the history of different regimes but I think the personal experiences are also valuable. The time is flying and I think the direct testimonies must be there in...
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