Exhibition: Writers' Manuscripts in the Securitate Archives
This exhibition was presented to the public for the first time between 4 and 10 December 2017, in the Constantin Brâncuşi Exhibition Hall, which is located in the Palace of the Parliament of Romania. The opening coincided with the Annual Conference of the European Network of Official Authorities in Charge of the Secret Police Files, when CNSAS handed the presidency of the network to the Committee for Disclosing the Documents and Announcing Affiliation of Bulgarian Citizens to the State Security and the Intelligence Services of the Bulgarian National Army. The exhibition illustrated the methods of controlling and keeping writers under surveillance, while trying to reassess the meaning of so-called “resistance though culture” in communist Romania. The items selected for the exhibition originated from the Confiscated Manuscripts Collection and from other fonds of the CNSAS Archives: Penal Fonds, Informative Fonds, Network Fonds, and Documentary Fonds. Three different types of materials illustrated the theme of confiscated manuscripts: archival documents, visual images, and extracts from interviews with writers in the Oral History Collection at CNSAS. The topics illustrated by these items were censorship, writers’ trials in which confiscated manuscripts were used as incriminating evidence, and writers’ surveillance by the secret police. The main items of the exhibition were, however, the writers’ confiscated manuscripts: unpublished prose, poems, pieces of poetry, essays, diaries, memoirs, daily notes, and annotated censored publications.
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- Petrescu, Cristina
Petrescu, Dragoș, interview by Pătrăşconiu, Cristian Valeriu , October 11, 2017. COURAGE Registry Oral History Collection