History Museum hosts conference “King’s exile. From secret police archives”


The National History Museum of Romania (MNIR) organizes the seventh public conference of the series “Historia Viva” with the theme “The King’s Exile. From the secret police archives: files, agents, codes,” on Thursday, July 17 at 1 pm, reports the website of the institution. The conference will be held by Diana Mandache, historian and researcher within the Section of Medieval, Modern and Contemporary History of MNIR. Based on the study of documents in CNSAS archives, the conference is an educative measure to represent this theme in the museum and the integration of this topic in the academic study, as the knowledge of recent history is more and more necessary through these documentary sources which reveal a less known side.
The king, the exile leaders, the National Romanian Committee and other organizations were a constant threat to the communist regime, a fact that triggered wide actions of surveillance and monitoring by the secret police. There were files made, intelligence networks were created, there were attempts to compromise some exile leaders using blackmail, trying to reduce and counter their activities. The king’s file, along with other complementary files, either individual or belonging to some organizations or associations, make a complex image allowing a better understanding of the way the communist secret police were monitoring the Romanian exile. New intelligence sources were added to the older agents, double agents or collaborators of some foreign secret services, whereas other agents were enrolled through blackmail. Sending intelligence through codes reveals the evolution of the operative intelligence system of the secret police in a totalitarian state, which gradually organizes similar actions creating associations that collaborated with the communist state, aiming to counter the actions of the old exile which surrounded King Michael.
The admission of experts and the public and the media representatives will be made on the gate B of the museum, located on the Post Street. Admission is free.
Guided visits at the Royal Palace on Saturdayand Sunday
The National Art Museum of Romania (MNAR) in Bucharest organizes on Saturday and Sunday a series of guided visits in the historic areas in the central part of the Royal Palace such as the Royal Living-Room, the Throne Chamber and the Voivodes’ Stairs, reports Mediafax. Thus, the visits will take place on Saturday at 11:30 am, 2 pm and 4:30 pm and on Sunday at 11:30 am, 2 pm and 4:30 pm. On this occasion, one can visit the exhibition “Fragments of memory – Royal Portraits, Royal Palace,” which aims to re-enact moments of the royal family (in the annex of the Throne Chamber) and of the Royal Palace (in the annex of the Royal Living-Room). Vintage photos, building plans, furniture items, royal portraits and various objects are displayed “as survivors of long-gone ages.” One does not need a previous booking to take part in these tours. Visitors are asked to be there 30 minutes prior to the visiting hours at the box-office at the National Gallery ground floor to purchase admission tickets. The participation is subject to available tickets.

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