December 1989, Romania, Bucharest. As everywhere in the country, Bucharest was infested with statues of the communist leaders, starting with Lenin and ending up with Stalin, and all the second echelon in-between: Michuryn, Makaroff, and the like. Nasty, cold, impersonal, strange to the point of out-of this world feeling, and entirely hated by the Romanians.

The popular uprising overthrows Ceausescu and the government falls; the army is fighting in the streets with the secret police special units, still loyal to the communists. Lots of people die, in the country is everywhere the same. 25th of December, the dictator Ceausescu and his wife are caught, and executed after a brief trial in the military garrison of Targoviste. The loyal units cease fire, the uprising has won. Romania threw away the poison which almost exterminated us as a nation…

1990 dawns, and the new democratic road country has embarked upon is driving new fresh through the veins of this nation: the old is thrown away and make place for new.

In the spring of 1990, the new government ruled that the Communist Party is illegal, the Communist doctrine is illegal, and as such, the entire communist credo (which was the daily life for this country in the last 70 years) has finally died!

In Bucharest, as in the country, the communist signs of terror are demolished, never to be seen again; this photo-story below is about the demolishing of the big statue of Lenin, situated in the middle of the city.

Sme of these phootgraphs were taken most probable with a DDR – made Praktica or something similar, it can be seen in one of the pics. The film was more than probable the (in)famous AZOPAN of Romanian production (licensed by Agfa in the 70’s), the USSR provenance SVEMA or the usual DDR ORWO. I am almost certain of the film thing; these were the only (well, almost) BW film negatives in Romania in those days. The good films were extremely scarce, they were not sold in shops and they were not imported. So, the Romanian photographers of the era had to make do with these films. Not bad though, good frames could be had from the negatives mentioned;  I still have dozen or so(Svema, Azopan, Orwo). Just for the sake of memories…