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June 13, 2021

Corneliu Coposu cell at Fort 13 Jilava, inaugurated in presence of former President Emil Constantinescu

The Romanian Foundation for Democracy on Friday inaugurated the Corneliu Coposu cell at Fort 13 Jilava (near Bucharest), as part of the events marking the birth centennial of politician Corneliu Coposu’s (1914-1995), in the presence of former President of Romania Emil Constantinescu and historian Marius Oprea.
A commemorative exhibition was also mounted on this occasion, organised by the Institute for the Investigation of Communism Crimes and the Memory of Romanian Exile (IICCMER), including objects and evidence of the crimes committed by the late political police Securitate.  ‘We want this memorial to turn into a museum of repression, of the fight against totalitarianism. All great intellectuals passed through Jilava, it was a transit penitentiary, all political prisoners came here before being sent to other penitentiaries or labour camps or before being executed,’ Constantinescu said. ‘In this hall, there is Romania’s spine. (…) This place breaths death. If a memorial is done, it would be like an exorcism. According to official data, 3,000-3,500 people died here, but off the record there were more. Please bear in mind that 20 per cent of the prisoners died here,’ historian Oprea said in his turn.
The Fort 13 Jilava memorial is a project initiated by the Romanian Foundation for Democracy in 2012 and publicly inaugurated on August 31, 2013, when Monsignor Vladimir Ghika, a martyr priest deceased in the prison of Jilava was beatified.

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