On a cold winter day in 2009 I visited the memorial in Aiud – a monument dedicated to political detainees who died in communist prisons. It was then that I heard for the first time the name of George Manu – a Romanian physicist who had worked with Marie Curie, decided to come back to Romania, got arrested in 1948 and spent the rest of his life in prison until 1961, when he died in Aiud penitentiary.
As a graduate of physics myself, I was shocked: never during my studies was his name mentioned. How could I have ignored the name of the physicist who had contributed to the start of nuclear physics in Romania?
Since that day I have tried to read as much as I could about our recent history. The more I read and tried to understand what happened after 1945, the more I realized how little of this information was accessible to the English language reader. I decided to build a blog that would shelter English translations of excerpts of works written by Romanian people who fought against communism.
It is natural that I start with Behind the Iron Curtain – written by George Manu in English.