Monthly Archives: January 2014

King Michael’s of Romania “Proclamation to The Nation” on the night of 23 August 1944

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Romanians,

In the hardest hour of our history I decided, in full communion to my people, that there is only one way to save the country from total disaster: leave our alliance with the Axis powers and immediately cease fire against the United Nations.

Romanians,

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15. In the chains of communism

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Around year 1947, Mircea did the great mistake of speaking in public against communism. He thought, as many Romanians did that time, that the American1 troops will liberate the eastern European states under Soviet occupation (a thing that never happened). Still, the criticism he made regarding the regime led him in a direct strife with a “lipovean”2.

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11. On the Western Front

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Year 1944. The liberation of the Romanian territories from the Nazi occupation (especially that of North-Western Transylvania) ends on 25 October, with the Romanian army recovering the last occupied settlements (Carei and Satu Mare). The Romanian campaign continued with the liberation of Hungary, during which the main battle, the siege of Budapest (its capital), lasted from December 1944 to 13 February 1945. With the liberation of Hungary completed, the Romanian troops continued to advance in Slovakia and the Czech state, where, in the Tatra mountains the hardest battles took place.

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4. Lixandra’s Father

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“He who has how much he needs is a rich man” (Romanian popular saying). „It is great richness to be satisfied with little” (writer Ioan Slavici).

Mircea’s mother, Lixandra, come from a wealthy family – her father being “logofăt”1 in the Dracea commune2, where he managed the land of a boyar living in the Turnu Măgurele city.

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2. Childhood Memories

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The title of this chapter, dedicated to experiences from my grandfather’s childhood, shared, indeed, the same name with the semi-autobiographical book of Romanian writer Ion Creangă – “Childhood memories” (1892), if not a biographical book, at least one inspired from memories. Still, I will summarize in this chapter a series of events from the “stage of innocence” which Creangă relates into a whole book, fully dedicated to this period of life (from his childhood in the Moldovian village Humuleşti to the theological studies at Fălticeni and Iaşi, followed in order to become a preast). I cannot fill an entire book with memories from my grandfather’s childhood, but I succeeded in selecting a few events worth mentioning.

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Foreword

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“Life Story of Mircea Mitroi” is a collection from the memoirs gathered in the autumn of 2010, then written in a literary style by his nephew, Tudor Vişan-Miu. The drawings were made by his brother, Mihai Vişan-Miu.

The first edition of the book was printed in 3 copies, on 28 December 2010, in Romanian – with one being gifted to Mircea Mitroi on his birthday, on 29 December 2010 (when he aged 94 years).

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