TABOR - Tradition and Contemporaneity in the Romanian Orthodox Church
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The article evokes historical happenings from the post-Stalinist period of Romania. The Bucharestn Hippodrome, so popular in the interwar period, was demolished in 1960, and “Scânteia” House was built in its place. Until demolition, the hippodrome was one of the few entertainments in a gray capital marked by the rigors of the proletarian asceticism. His demolition was once again the vision of the new age. Since the 1950s, Moscow and Leningrad had become for the Romanians what Paris had once been for them. Romanians attended Russian universities and returned home already married to Russian women. It was a great professional and political advantage. That’s why Russian marriage had become a fashion. During the de-russification, the Romanian-Russian marriage had become a great handicap, one that blocked any prospect of political or professional rise. The de-russification started by Gheorghiu-Dej culminated in his speech at the April 1964 Plenum, considered by the West at the time a firm “declaration of independence” towards Moscow. The de-russification initiated by the Government, intensified in 1963-64, subsequently accelerated by Ceausescu, met the Romanians’ Russian- and Soviet-Phobia.