How did the communists come to power in Romania after World War II? What were the repercussions for the opponents of the new political regime? What was daily life like in the 50s or 60s or 80s? Who exactly was Ceaușescu, the so-called ”last Stalinist dictator in communist Eastern Europe”? How did Bucharest get the second largest building in the world? Why did Romania undergo such a bloody transition from totalitarianism to democracy? And how come so many Romanians are still nostalgic about communism 30 years after its fall?

If you are a foreign student in Bucharest in the first semester of the 2020/ 2021 academic year, you can find out the answers to all of these questions by enrolling in the „History of Romania during Communism” project, organized by the Institute for Investigation of Communist Crimes and Memory of the Romanian Exile (IICCMER). The program consists of two courses and a walking tour in the city centre, all designed to give you an overall perspective on one of the most defining topics of Romanian recent history.

The calendar of the project:

  1. First lecture: ”Romania during Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej. 1945-1965”

           5th of November 2020, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  1. Second lecture: ”Romania during Nicolae Ceaușescu. 1965-1989”

           12th of November 2020, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  1. Walking tour in Bucharest: ”The Communist Past of a Capital”

           19th of November 2020, 11:00 a.m.

The meetings will be held in English at the IICCMER headquarters (13-19 Alecu Russo Street, 5th floor, apartment 11). In case of new restrictions due to Covid-19, the courses will take place online, via Skype.

Registration is open until the 31st of October. You can apply now by sending an e-mail to

Project implemented with the support of the International Relations Direction, University of Bucharest

Photo credits: Andrei Pandele