Shut up, comrade, we do not want to hear about the letter

Automated translation of article published in Opinia Studenteasca 39, Septembrie 1990; corrections to be made time-permitting

It could be said that Gheorghe Zodian was the first nomenclaturist who openly criticized Ceausescu

He looked with suspicion at first. He did not know exactly what I wanted, he puts his elbows on the table and looked at me, that is why you are interested in the matte you want, why only the time, and so on. In the end we agreed. I knew it was engine driver, that's all, so when I learned that he held Deputy Minister of Transport and the stock was to fall from the armchair wonder. In 1936, in the spring or fall, not remember, was taken at a meeting of Democratic Workers Bloc. Meeting that, like many other meetings of this block was concealed by a tea dance. Get in there once were checked at the door, eventually asked any password, and listen to the speeches of those who climbed on stage. The room was generally full, many knew each other, but there were many and unknown, come first. He remembers that evening tea dance held in a building on the street Theodor Teia in Galati. City long proletariat, Galati was a fertile ground for împânzirea social democratic or communist ideas. Current changes began to roam among railroad and port workers. Social Democrats and Communists alternated at the helm of the trade unions. About all wanted then change. Is in the air. Social Democrats wanted to improve society, they said, could or repair, a heal, which is why the communists were accused of treason class do. Bourgeois society could not be recovered, how to put up a tuberculosis putting compresses, he had done otherwise, more radical, had swept rot, saying communists. Well, that it was about the situation, told me George Zodian, go back to the tea dance. I did not stay inside ten minutes when it began to circulate the rumor that Jordan is in the room Stanescu. Jordan Stanescu was Chief Security would climb on stage himself as Jordan Stanescu and told us to stand still, the building is surrounded That was arrested Gheorghe Apostol, who work in our workshops CFR, I knew it was more ruler union. They led me to safety and there asked me: Yes, I see young boy, what you have with those Jews? Day, what you have with them? And I was asked to sign a statement accusing Apostol had spoken against the king. I signed it, but yet they called me to the Apostol as a prosecution witness where I said that I did not hear the Apostle speaking against the king and the prosecutor began to scream at me. Exit, after the trial, the Apostle told me: Zodian, you have remained single man, me! I understand that all of this brought other witnesses spoke against him. Apostol took doispe years in prison. After all this, Apostolidi, depot manager, he moved from workshop reinforcement vagonaj. Hard work there, smashed cars. Later, George Zodian managed to mechanics school in Iasi, where he arrived immediately after the legionary rebellion. I ask him if he had knowledge of the crimes of Stalin, whom the world saw him as the savior of mankind and only able to oppose Hitler and George Zodian tells me not. In 1937, after it abolished workshops C.F.R. Tighina, Bessarabia many came to Galati, nor her closer, had not heard anything concrete. Rumors about deportations, but no one gave them credence. Zodian increasingly beginning to believe in the communist movement. He read avidly socialist weekly "New Age" edited by N. D. Cocea, and thinking like the world without "rot". Ride, remembering an individual Bogatoiu that, around the general strike of railway workers in 1933 came to the depot and delivered a speech that ended like this: We arrangement communist to be good, be bad - we arrangement communist! Ride whenever remembers this folly. Hear of will be good or be bad. Back in 1945 and remembers the pro-Soviet propaganda then and sweet taste of exaggerations that he knew. Russian soldiers disappointed him somehow. Behaved miserably, getting drunk often and do not hesitate to clean a gun if they were like. Later he spent some time in Sibiu and remembers Saxon hostility across any person who did not speak German. The war was over and the Germans refused to appoint another city name or Romanian, Sibiu. They said all Siebenburg. He returned to Galati, where he reached the depot party secretary. There were times when the proletariat is gaining momentum in building a new society healthy. Communism believed unshakable. I see, in truth, the only future of mankind. Communism or anything. Decadent capitalism could not follow anything other than communism. In this thought blindly. After a journey on Făurei, where he was deputy secretary of the party committee, reached the regional C.F.R. Bucharest, and then ministerial counselor at the Ministry of Communications. After the Ministry of Communications has abolished and the transport has been set up, he became the deputy minister. In one day, he remembers Zodian, Kisinewski, who was a rather influential person, decides to present him to Gheorghiu Dej. He went with Kisinewski to the master's office and there they came in. To flatten the Dej, the Zodian reveals he had known him for a long time, since he was working at the Galati Depot, was given Gheorghiu the electrician. When he heard this, Dej was rushing hard, but he did not say anything. The effect was the other way round. The staple did not like to remember him by his proletarian past. He has always been the First Party Secretary. He had begun the era of terror. So far after the sixties, Zodian claims he did not know anything about Dej's crimes. He knew there was a channel, but he did not know there, on average, a hundred people a day. After a few years, everyone in the communist elite knew. Ana Pauker? There was a nosty woman, very unveiled at receptions and very close. Later he began to put his drips in his wheel. They saw things differently. He later met him, and Pacepa. He was a little man and insipid. Ceausescu? They all said their idiot. When he appeared somewhere, he heard, "And the idiot came." Ceausescu began by denigrating everything Dej. Good or bad, everything had to be destroyed. In 1968, I was retired before the term. We had to be eliminated, I was one of Apostol's friends. At that time we still think that the communist regime was the only way to save mankind. I had begun to ask me questions. We had some successes, but it was not the capitalists in the place. On the contrary, Gallopau good. S-then, where is the capitalism decomposed and dying, as books said? Ceausescu was a while before '65, the head of the organizational direction of C.c. I think then he had time to study the files of all, possibly change them a little. That's what I think, because it has too eliminated everyone with plenty of ease. Nobody almost protests his knees. I think they already knew for fear. That's about 1968, like that. I told you I did a college when I was young at no frequency. Later, Gheorghe Zodian entered the transport security, with Colonel. Therefore, there is Colonel Engineer, Retirer. In 1974, on September 23, he decides to make a protest letter against the cult of Ceausescu's personality, a cult that mass media had practiced more easier. He wrote that material in several copies, of which three were sent to the great newspapers, and the fourth was forwarded to the party county. He was arrested, not long, and sentenced to three prison, after a preventive detention in Rahova. He appealed to the Supreme Tribunal and his punishment was reduced to one year and eight months, with suspension. The process was a set up and the accusation was false. When, at the trial, he asked why I did not mention anything of the letter, they all jumped up, shutters, comrades, we do not want to hear this, shut up. The autumn of that year was the 11th Congress of P.c.r. Only four years in the 12th Congress, Pirvulescu stood up and criticized Ceausescu in full sitting. But that happened four years after Zodian's letter, the first critical attitude of a nomenclaturist against Ceausescu. Quote later, security tried to eliminate it three times. In the car, a pill placed in the brake fluid container that, after a while, heavy vapors releases, can make the brake unusable for a few hours. After this time, everything returns to normal without any trace. What is still about communism? Ries. I read "Free Romania" with much interest, says. With a lot of interest.

Dan RADU

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