“Numitor comun: Moartea” exhibition at Peasant’s Museum

On Friday, October 21, 2011, at 3pm, the Foyer Hall of the Romanian Peasant’s Museum hosts the opening of the exhibition “Numitorul comun: Moartea” (Common Denominator: Death). The event will be followed by a screening of the documentary “Patru feluri de a muri” (Four Ways to Die), directed by Nicolae Margineanu, on the crimes of the former communist regime. The exhibition will be running until November 6.

The exhibition was organized by the Centre for the Investigation of Communist Crimes in Romania (CICCR) and the National Museum of Transylvanian History in Cluj, with the support of the “Konrad Adenauer” Foundation, in collaboration with the Institute for Free Initiative and the history museums in Turda and Aiud.

The exhibition presents a series of actions to trace and disinter opponents of the communist regime summarily executed by the Securitate, between 1948 and 1952, including objects found on the bodies of victims, family photographs, photographs from the Securitate archives or photographs taken during the archaeological disinterment actions, video recordings of the disinterment operations and interviews with relatives or people who knew the victims. The cases presented in the exhibition include 22 victims of executions, all shot, 21 of whom were found and disinterred through archaeological methods on sites in counties Bistrita-Nasaud, Hunedoara, Caras-Severin, Cluj, Alba, Salaj or in Satu Mare.

These actions came as a result of field research, based on petitions filed by the victims’ family and descendants, and were conducted between 2007 and 2010 by specialists, archaeologists and historians. The investigations were halted in February 2010, but archaeologists continued their research.

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