It’s been a while since any Romanian mentioned the name of the dictator who ruled the country with an iron fist for over 25 years. But Nicolae Ceausescu was no worse than others before him… those rulers who killed for fun – or call it national interest to get the proper excuse… They are not exclusive to Romania. In fact, the world had worse, and it’s not a big deal.
Well, in news today, we find that DNA tests have confirmed that the grave of Nicolae Ceausescu contains the remains of the Romanian dictator. The news has been confirmed by Valentin Ceausescu, the survivor son of the couple killed at Christmas, 1989.
The tests were necessary, because many Romanians had doubts that the couple were really buried in the Ghencea military cemetery in Bucharest. Another problem for the Ceausescu family is that the two were buried 20 yards apart.
Their bodies were recently exhumed, for the tests to be possible. Valentin Ceausescu, a 62-year-old nuclear physicist, said in a statement that the surviving family wanted closure after the tragic death of the two.
Valentin Ceausescu also said that he had never visited his parents’ graves because he was not sure where they were buried. Many myths were circulated after the execution of Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu, one of them being that their death was staged, and that bodies of doubles were buried instead.
Ceausescu was ousted and executed with his wife, Elena, after a summary trial during the 1989 anticommunist revolt.