Comrade Baron: A Journey through the Vanishing World of the Transylvanian Aristocracy

Victims of Communism — Memorial Foundation

Comrade Baron: A Journey through the Vanishing World of the Transylvanian Aristocracy

Join the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation and The Elliott School of International Affairs’ Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at The George Washington University for a talk by Jaap Scholten, author of Comrade Baron: A Journey through the Vanishing World of the Transylvanian Aristocracy.

In the darkness of the early morning of March 3, 1949, practically all of the Transylvanian aristocracy were arrested in their beds and loaded into trucks. That same day, the Romanian Workers’ Party was pleased to announce the successful deportation and dispossession of all large landowners. Communism demanded the destruction of these ultimate class enemies. Under the terror of the Gheorghiu-Dej and later Ceaușescu, the aristocracy led a double life: during the day they worked in quarries, steelworks and carpenters’ yards; in the evening they secretly gathered and maintained the rituals of an older world.

To record this unknown episode of recent history, Jaap Scholten traveled extensively in Romania and Hungary and sought out the few remaining aristocrats who experienced the night of March 3, 1949. He spoke to people who survived the Romanian Gulag and met the youngest generation of the once distinguished aristocracy to talk about the restitution of assets and about the future. How is it possible to rebuild anything in a country that finds itself in a moral vacuum?

Lunch will be provided.

Copies of Comrade Baron will be available for sale.

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Sep 19, 2017
12:30pm — 2:00pm

Voesar Conference Room, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW, Room 602, Washington, DC