Cover Osteuropa 7/2008

In Osteuropa 7/2008

Communism in Romanian
Expropriated Memory and Its Supporters

Richard Wagner

Deutsche Fassung


The year 1968 stands for the suppression of freedom in Prague by means of a Soviet-led invasion. It is seen differently in Romania. There, the dissociation from Moscow culminated in Bucharest’s condemnation of the Warsaw Pact’s actions. But the consequences of the national-communist about-face under Nicolae Ceauşescu were in no way better than the normalisation process that took place in Czechoslovakia. The freedom of the nation from Moscow was far removed from the freedom of the individual in Czechoslovakia. The consequences of this manipulative treatment of Romanian history have yet to be overcome.

(Osteuropa 7/2008, pp. 87–94)