In the fall of 1975, I joined my new second grade class with a new teacher. German studies started the first week of classes. Overshadowing the new beginning was the one major school event for all second graders – the initiation into the communist party as a Pioneer. The moment lurked, inescapable. When that day came, I forced out the obligatory words. The only thing within my power was to keep to myself.
“The spell of the Occident had held me captive for years. I heard people circulate rumors about this mysterious place in hushed voices, filled with awe. It was this forbidden world beyond the confines of the Eastern Bloc that I wanted to experience for myself. I knew too well the face of oppression. I craved to see the face of freedom. And this longing trumped common sense and fear of the grave consequences of leaving.”
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The consul proclaimed our sentence:
“As long as I live, you will not enter the United States.”
It was unheard of during the Cold War for political or religious refugees to have escaped from Eastern Bloc nations and be denied asylum in free countries. So unique and strange were our circumstances that not one, but two countries, denied us asylum and left us stranded.
Part I – Life in Communist Romania (Ch. 1-25)
For a glimpse of Romanian culture, family life, the adversities of living in a communist society, and the realities of a child growing up under totalitarianism
Part II – The Escape (Ch. 26-32)
Crucial developments in the summer of 1981 during President Ceausescu’s regime
Part III – Without a Country (Ch. 33-44)
Months of uncertainty and struggle living in a foreign country considered a “pass-through” nation by International Law, where a surprising adversary uttered the fatal words written above, not once, but twice
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