That country is Romania.
The communism was officially installed in Romania in 1947. I say “installed” because the election was fake, only 2% of the population voted for the Communist Party. The Red Army (the soviets) controlled everything moving in the country, and mocking the whole nation, they announced the elections results this way: “only 2% of the voters did not vote for the Communist Party”. You got the picture, when people heard from other sources about the 2%, they did not know what to think, disinformation started the very first day. All other parties were banned, and from that day on, all elections were the same, results over 99% in favor of Communist Party (the only party anyway); and of course, in the Secretary’s riding the vote was 100%.
There were lies about everything, living standards, achievements, even the weather. It was a law that stipulated that the people could stay home if the temperature is above 40 Celsius, no air condition at work; now the reader can guess that officially the temperature in Romania during the communist regime was never above 39 Celsius. People at home could see on their devices 42, 43 sometimes, but the radio insisted the temperature is 39 Celsius, so people had to go to work.
We, among friends, called all those communism times as Intellectual Prostitution.
The red terror started soon after the Communist Party took over. Manly, all those that could influence the public opinion and did not swear loyalty to the party were locked; lawyers, doctors, priests were sent in concentration camps without any trial. Those camps were inspired by directions coming from Stalin himself. The worst was the “Canal” where it was a plan how many should die a day. The project was to dig with shovels a navigable canal from Danube river to the Black Sea. The inmates had a “norm”, that is, how much to dig a day. If they could not, they received less food “you do not deserve food, dirty dog”… most inmates at “Canal” died from starvation, overwork and illnesses.
The fate of East Europe was decided at Yalta in 1945. Churchill and Roosevelt knew that Stalin was a psychopath, but still, they signed the convention that offered on a plate half a continent to the Russian dictator. Sorry to say it, but when I see today documentaries about how great these two men were, I switch the channel.
Before diving into my own experience, I will talk in the next blog about my father. He was a lawyer, and he spent some time in one of those campus (luckily not the “Canal”) and in my next post I will describe his hard times.