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December 25, 2009


The Necromancer

This is absolutely stunning footage. It almost seems to serve as anthropological and political template. Truly bizarre. I was sadly quite ignorant of the "real" details of the Romanian revolution. Of course most of us were subconsciously aware that in all the political turmoil of 1989, this was were it was the worst.

Kai Matthews

My dad would find this especially fascinating - I was a frontline Cold War baby, born in Munich because he worked for the Free Europe Press section of Radio Free Europe, and his entire life was spent going back and forth to Eastern Europe, for a long time as an academic exchange coordinator and then as a trade consultant. I knew early on from his reports that Romania was an especially bad autocracy, with little or no evidence apparent of the ameliorative Mitteleuropan cultural history that characterized Hungary (his favorite country), Poland or the then Czechoslovakia. Even Bulgaria was a more hospitable place to visit back then.

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