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April 1, 2023

Herta Muller calls on Germany to withdraw distinctions awarded to Ceausescu, Tito

The Romanian-born German writer Herta Muller called on the German state to withdraw posthumously the high distinctions awarded to the ex-Communist leaders Nicolae Ceausescu and Iosip Broz Tito. “The withdrawal of distinctions would be an important act of reparation and a clear signal as to the way high distinctions (e.n. of the German state) should be awarded in the future,” Herta Muller stated in an interview granted to “Focus” magazine. The ex-leaders of Romania and Yugoslavia were awarded in the 1970s the German Federal Republic (GFR)’s Great Cross of Merit, while the two countries’ intelligence services were busy killing Romanian and Serbian dissidents on GFR soil. The Banat-born writer stated that an attempt to have her assassinated was prevented in 1989, in West Berlin. Herta Muller, the 2009 laureate of the Nobel Prize for Literature, emigrated to West Germany in 1987.

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