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National Exhibit
Monica Lovinescu

The most important figure of Romanian exile during the communist period Lovinescu (1923-2008) was a keen analyst of the communist experience in Romania and of totalitarian movements. Between 1951 and 1974, she was a contributor for Romanian language broadcasts of the Radiodiffusion Française. Most importantly, from the microphone of Radio Free Europe (1964-92), she was, along with her husband Virgil Ierunca, the main advocate of intellectual resistance to Romania's communist regime. It is no exaggeration to say that no other RFE broadcast was more abhorred and feared by Ceausescu and the communist nomenklatura than those by Lovinescu and her husband. Monica Lovinescu’s work angered dictator Nicolae Ceausescu to the point that he ordered the beating in 1977 that temporarily left her in a coma. She was the daughter of an influential interwar literary critic, Eugen Lovinescu. Her mother died in a communist prison. Upon their death, Monica Lovinescu and Virgil Ierunca were granted state funerals and officially honored by the Romanian head of state in 2008.





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Location:  Eastern Europe
Capital:  Bucharest
Communist Rule:  1947 – 1989
Status:  Fall of Ceausescu - 22.12.1989
Victims of Communism:
435 000