Confiscarea manuscriselor scrisorilor deschise ale Doinei Cornea de către Securitate, noiembrie 1987
After listening on RFE to the news news regarding the harsh repression of the anti-communist revolt of the workers in the factories of the city of Braşov in November 1987, Doina Cornea openly manifested her solidarity with the protesters. She displayed a placard in front of her house in Cluj and on 18 November 1987 she drafted 160 manifestos, which were spread with the help of her son Leontin Horaţiu Iuhas in the main squares and factories of Cluj (Cornea 2009, 194–195). The Securitate, which closely monitored all her movements, arrested her and her son on 19 November 1987 (Cornea 2006, 203). In order to collect proofs of her guilt, the secret police made two home searches of her private dwelling on 19 and 23 November 1987. On these occasions the Securitate confiscated many documents authored by Doina Cornea, including all the drafts of her letters sent to RFE. These documents were archived in the criminal file created on Doina Cornea. As in many other cases of similar confiscations, the Securitate archives thus ironically became an important repository institution for artefacts of the cultural opposition in Romania.
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- Petrescu, Cristina
- Pintilescu, Corneliu
Archives of the National Council for the Study of the Securitate Archives (Arhiva Consiliului Naţional pentru Studierea Arhivelor Securităţii - ACNSAS), Files: I 000 666, P 000 014.
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