Andreea Raducan’s 6-year-old view of the Romanian revolution
This is an English translation of some of what she spoke about in later years
PLUS: How Dobre’s knockers could possibly have saved Nicolae Ceausescu’s life
Deluxe sent by way of comment a translation of Andreea Raducan’s memories of the Romanian revolution of 1989 – a violent battle, much of which, thankfully, 6-year-old Andreea was shielded from.
Beginning in the city of Timisoara and spreading all over the country, it was the only revolution among those held in several Warsaw Pact countries that would end up overthrowing a Communist government by force and executing its dictator (Nicolae Ceausescu, Christmas Day, 1989).
More than 1,100 people died during the revolution and after the National Salvation Front seized power from the Ceausescu regime. Another 3,352 people were injured during the same time period.
Here are some of Andreea’s memories.
I was 6 years old. We were in the camp of Soveja. At that time I experienced the first camps and contests. I had no idea what was happening. We used to do training sessions, we used to play, we had to prepare a show for Christmas.
I got worried when I saw our coachs in panic. I heard things like: ‘attention to the little girls, be careful with them’, ‘they must stay in their rooms!’ or ‘lock them up in the rooms’. There were already some militians at the hotel doors. We could hear the noise of some helicopters overflying the zone. Something was happening. We felt the agitation around us.
There was a TV in the dining room and we could see some images with people ‘fixing’ the country in the streets; and at the same time, we were making ornaments for Christmas and repeating the poems of our sketchs.
During a period of time we couldn’t leave that place. At home my mother reproached my father that because of him something bad could happen to me in Soveja: “You and your gymnastics!” Some days later things calmed down and we could finally return to our home. The coachs got us together and told us: “You must know that our country is not called Socialist Republic of Romania anymore, but simply Romania.”
This was the first thing I told my dad when he took me from the bus; he replied: “Shut up! Don’t say these things, who knows how many securists [note: security forces of Ceausescu and the secret police] are still over here.” My dad had gotten some problems with them in the past; the poor was beaten up because he didn’t want to join the Party.
You can read a thorough Wikipedia piece on the revolution here.
Watch Ceausescu’s last speech here.
Here’s a story I wrote in March of 2011 that includes a video of Ceausescu’s trial just prior to his execution and a photo of Aurelia Dobre’s knockers. The knockers weren’t part of the trial, just part of the story. Had they been part of the trial, Ceausescu and his wife, Elena, might have been able to escape amid all the pandemonium those knockers would have created among Ceausescu’s captors.
SOLDIER #1: I will be the first to handle them. She is so beautiful standing there – I can’t dare to live without it!
SOLDIER #2: No, it is me who will get first feel! More precious than silver and gold, those knockers!
NICOLAE: Excuse, please . . .
SOLDIER #3: (To Nicolae.) Shut up! Can you see we’re busy?
SOLDIER #2: I will be . . . ba nu! She takes off bra! Will I explode standing right here?
NICOLAE: Gentlemen, we must reconsider . . .
SOLDIER #1: (To Nicolae.) Don’t you hear Colonel Bogdan telling you shut up? (To Soldier #2.) You will not have first feel because I outrank you!
SOLDIER #4: I outrank the lot of you, so you all get in line and be orderly about it!
(Tables and chairs are turned over as the men rush to get in line. Nicolae and Elena shrug and walk out of the building into daylight.)
ELENA: What will we do now, Nicolae?
NICOLAE: (Looking around in several directions.) Guess we go to Hungary, like Comaneci.
The photos of young Andreea here were sent by Deluxe.
PS: Somebody please write in and let me know if you can click to enalrge the photos. I want to see if it’s just my system that’s preventing it. Thank you.