The Spring Palace, the former residence of the Ceausescu family located in Bucharest’s upscale Spring district, opened on Saturday to the public, with Deputy Prime Minister Vasile Dincu saying on the occasion that this is a first successful experiment of rebuilding the Romanian society as a transparent society as regards its past.
“I congratulate those who have worked to offer us a permanent exhibition related to the Ceausescu family. At this time we cannot yet speak of a museum. I think that in the spirit of transparency you already got used to with the Ciolos government, the action here belongs to transparency of the past. Many current mistakes stem from the past and I believe that when we speak about the dark period of the Ceausescu dictatorship we speak of a dark period for Romania’s democratic society, and we must in the first place know what happened then,” Vasile Dincu said at the opening ceremony.
The Deputy PM also said that the people’s nostalgia for the communist period will dispel when they get to know and understand the past.
“I believe that nations must proceed to a social management of the past, through educational programs of transparency, because placing what happened under wraps and emotionally rejecting it does not solve the problem. I find our opinion polls reveal a rather high level of nostalgia, but it will dispel in time, as people begin to know, to understand. This is proof that we must admit to our history with everything it has good and bad,” Dincu said.
In turn, Minister for Public Consultation and Civic Dialogue Violeta Alexandru pointed out that the private residence of the Ceausescus had to be opened to the general public for it to “make peace with history.”
“I was expecting a numerous audience but this exceeds my expectations. It’s amazing. I am very glad to see I wasn’t wrong to consider this house should be opened to the general public and not just to the colleagues in the government or our party fellows. (…) In our opinion this building must be known primarily by the public, it should open to the Romanian people who ultimately must make peace with their history and know their past with everything it involves. This initiative of the Public Consultation Ministry occurs at the debut of the Sunshine Week of open access to information. We thus send an international signal that certain landmark buildings are being opened to the public in a bid to get to know our past,” Alexandru said, according cu Agerpres.
Head of the State Protocol Corporation Marius Grajdan announced plans to include the palace in the Bucharest sightseeing circuit.
Government Secretary-general Sorin Chelmu remarked that it is normal that 26 years after the overthrow of the dictator, this building be returned to the civil society and museum circuits.
After the official opening, ministers Vasile Dancu, Violeta Alexandru, Raluca Pruna, Costin Borc, Adrian Curaj and other officials visited the Spring Palace.
This event is part of the campaign “Your Right to Know”, the initiators of which are Vasile Dincu, Sorin Chelmu, Violeta Alexandru and Marius Grajdan.
Built in the ’60s, the Spring Palace was the private residence of Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu and their children Valentin, Zoe and Nicu.