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The Re-Education Experiment in Romania: A Survivorís Views of the Past, Present, and Future
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Authors: Daniel Teodorescu (Hunter College School of Education, New York, New York, USA) and Gheorghe Boldur-Latescu (Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania) 
Book Description:
Very little is known--not only by the Western world but also by the Romanian youth--about the magnitude of the horrors the communist regime in Romania committed over its 40 years of dictatorship. This book is a collection of essays written between 1995 and 2011, chronicling the experiences and presenting the views of a former political prisoner about past and current events in Romanian history. A retired professor of operations research, Boldur-Latescu is one of the few survivors of the 'Pitesti Phenomenon',Ě the experiment launched in the 1950's in communist prisons by the Romanian Securitate, which aimed at re-educating political prisoners through peer exerted torture. This book is a continuation of the analysis that started with "The Communist Genocide in Romania", published in 2005 by Nova Publishers) with a particular emphasis on the examination of the social, political, cultural, and economic evolution of Romania after the 1989 Revolution. Some of the essays go beyond the analysis of the Romanian context by tackling current challenges faced by Western democracies through a unique prism. The link between communism and terrorism, the lack of reference to Christian values in the EU Constitution, and the relevance of Tolstoy's work or the Testament left by Peter the Great to the current situation in world politics, are only a few examples of the author's unique interpretation of current world events. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents:

Preface pp. i-xxii

Translatorís Notes

Part I. The New Man: 1945-1989

Chapter 1. The Re-Education through Torture in Romania pp. 3-12

Chapter 2. Communism and Terrorism: Two Threats to the Contemporary Society pp. 13-22

Chapter 3. The Heritage of a Criminal System pp. 23-32

Chapter 4. Bread and Barbed Wire: Excerpts from Colonel Ion Boldur L„Ģescuís Journal pp. 33-36

Chapter 5. The Quarantine at Pitesti Penitentiary: The Last Days of "Reeducation" pp. 37-44

Chapter 6. The Timeliness of Tolstoyís Work pp. 45-48

Chapter 7. The Threat of a Return to Communism pp. 49-54

Chapter 8. The Testament of Peter the Great: Implications for Todayís World pp. 55-64

Part II. The Post-Decembrist Man

Chapter 9. Romania and the Romanians after 20 Years pp. 65-70

Chapter 10. The Nostalgics pp. 71-74

Chapter 11. A Country of Diversions pp. 75-80

Chapter 12. You Have Not Been with Us in the Cells pp. 81-82

Chapter 13. A New Wooden Language pp. 83-84

Chapter 14. The Dictatorship Syndrome pp. 85-88

Chapter 15. Smolensk - Katyn Ė Genocide pp. 89-92

Chapter 16. Resistance and Dissidence pp. 93-94

Chapter 17. ďIgnoratio ElenchiĒ or Ignoring the Essential pp. 95-98

Chapter 18. Communist Genocide and Humor? pp. 99-102

Chapter 19. Vyshinskyís Successor Fails at Chisinau pp. 103-106

Chapter 20. What Kind of Crisis? pp. 107-110

Chapter 21. The Nationís Martyrs: An Exercise in Remembrance pp. 111-114

Chapter 22. On the Shield or Under the Shield? pp. 115-118

Chapter 23. Opulence and Feast versus Poverty and Hunger pp. 119-122

Chapter 24. Between Patriotic Respect and Sacrilege pp. 123-126

Part III. The Revival of the National Consciousness

Chapter 25. Christian Values and the European Union pp. 127-132

Chapter 26. The Romanian Gulag pp. 133-138

Chapter 27. The Official Condemnation of Communism pp. 139-142

Chapter 28. The Anticommunist Resistance: A Permanence for the Romanians Between 1945 and 1989 pp. 143-144

Chapter 29. Romania: What Direction Are You Heading to? pp. 145-152

Chapter 30. Memory Helps Us Not Vanish: A Review of Gheorge Boldur-Latescuís Four Generations by Filip-Lucian Iorga in Aldine,
August 29, 2008 pp. 153-158

Chapter 31. With all Due Respect, You are Wrong, Mr. Cajal! pp. 159-160

Chapter 32. The Romanians and the Hungarians: From Centuries Old Enmity to Friendly Coexistence pp. 161-166

Chapter 33. Romania between 1906 and 2006: A Century of History pp. 167-174

Chapter 34. Boldur and Stroici: Two Families with Deep Roots in Romaniaís History - 1497: Vornicul Boldur defeated the Poles at LenĢeļti pp. 175-182

Chapter 35. Four Generations pp. 183-186

Chapter 36. A Life of Miracles pp. 187-188

Chapter 37. A Christian Democratic Economy pp. 189-192

Chapter 38. Two Roads to Damascus pp. 193-200

Chapter 39. Discrediting Our National Poet pp. 201-202

Chapter 40. Christian Solidarity: The Savior of Our Nation pp. 203-204

Chapter 41. A Homage to Dedication and Modesty: In Memory of Mary Boldur-Latescu pp. 205-206

Chapter 42. Economic Strategy: From Theoretical Concepts to Effective Implementation pp. 207-210

Chapter 43. Why Only Post Mortem? pp. 211-212

Chapter 44. Pope Leo I and Attila: A Relevant History Lesson pp. 213-214

Chapter 45. Between Ruins and Hopes pp. 215-216

Chapter 46. There is Still Hope pp. 217-220

Chapter 47. The Year 1859óRedivivus pp. 221-222

Chapter 48. Bessarabia: A Litmus Test for the Romanian Spirit pp. 223-226

Index pp. 227-240

      Central and Eastern Europe in Transition
   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2013- March
   Pages: 262, 7x10 - (NBC-C)
   ISBN: 978-1-62417-289-2
   Status: AV
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