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June 23, 2021

Romanian Athenaeum hosts “Communism in Romania” exhibition

The phenomenon of repression and anti-communist resistance depicted in information and representative images will be presented to the public, by the end of May, in the exhibition “Communism in Romania”, which opened on Wednesday in the Romanian Athenaeum entrance hall.

Organised by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation’s Representation in Romania and the Institute for Investigating Communism Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile (IICCMER), the exhibition will be resumed in autumn in a form enhanced with other aspects related to the totalitarian period.

The organisers plan to keep alive the memory of that period, and the exhibition to be on permanent display in the future Museum of Communism.

“Without the political will of all parties, a Museum of Communism will be impossible to accomplish. That is why my call to the political class is to sit down and do something before the memory of the communist past fades away. We, those with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, are concerned about the false presentation of the realities of the communist period. In Germany, too, there are some who oppose talks in the public space about the communist past and this is why it is necessary that in Romania and in all the states that had communist regimes we talk about this and combat those who say the communist regime was a good and people-friendly thing,” Konrad Adenauer Foundation director for Romania and the Republic of Moldova Sven-Joachim Irmer said at the opening of the exhibition on Wednesday.

Director general of the “George Enescu” Philharmonic Andrei Dimitriu pleaded in his turn for awareness on that period.

IICCMER executive director Radu Preda explained that the purpose of an exhibition about communism is that of achieving a minimum historiographic consensus.

According to the information displayed, the number of repression victims represents an unclear aspect of the Romanian communism history. “According to the records of the former Securitate political police, in the period 1948 – 1964, at least 91,333 persons were arrested, out of whom 73,636 were sentenced. Another 60,000 people were victims of deportations and forced domiciles,” the presented data reveals.

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