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Biographical Dictionary

Author(s): Mioara Anton, Pavel Moraru, Cristina Diac
Subject(s): History
Published by: Institutul National pentru Studiul Totalitarismului
Keywords: Dr. Alexandru Birkle (1896-1986); George Macovescu (1913-2002); Constantin Parvulescu (1895-1992); Soviet massacres; Katyn; Winnitsa; Tatarka; Romania; Communism; Communist dignitaries; leaders

Summary/Abstract: This article is dedicated to the well-known Romanian forensic doctor Alexandru Birkle (1896-1986), who took part in investigating the case of the Soviet massacres at Katyn, Winnitsa and Tatarka. In all these three cases conjoint graves were found with people who were murdered because they disturbed the communist system in the URSS. In the group picture of communist dignitaries, one of the foreign ministers of the Ceausescu regime's heyday, George Macovescu (October 23, 1972-March 28, 1978), was strangely blurred, his name being oddly kept under wraps. The reasons are to be found both in the nature of the regime, increasingly personalized in the latter half of the 70's, and in George Macovescu's status in the time's Establishment.A member of the Communist Party in Romania since it was founded in May 1921, a "professional revolutionary," member of the leadership structures in the years of underground activity, secretary-general for a few months in 1944, later co-opted into the decision-making bodies and, in the twilight of his life, an opponent of Nicolae Ceausescu, Constantin Parvulescu was one of the leaders whose existence was closely tied to the evolution of the party.

  • Issue Year: XV/2007
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 261-271
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Romanian