Romania 's Struggle With Communism

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To the world outside, the masked country of Romania, although rarely viewed in media, was known as a picturesque country filled with many profitable resources such as its fertile land, petroleum, and mineral deposits, however, behind the Iron Curtain, lay a more secretive nation, deprived of its rights, ignored by its leaders, and suffering under the taxing regime of Communism. Before Communism was administered, Romania had a trivial communist party which was often overlooked in politics. At the turn of World War II, in 1941, Central European ideals influenced Romania, bringing light of a regime that valued civil equity. During the war, to prevent Russia from overthrowing Romania, they sided with Germany, causing Soviets to occupy in…show more content…
In its claims to make Romanian children receive the finest education in the world, Communist leaders, including Stefan Voitec, the Minister of Education, limited the access of education and narrowed educational rights in order to indoctrinate Communist values and instill a sense of faithfulness to Communism in the Romanian youth. Throughout the years 1947 to 1989, although the regime was not embraced, communistic beliefs were integrated into the educational system forcefully, and all “resistance towards the reforms were squandered” (Phillips 7). In order to encourage and inflict their values upon students, special privileges were given to Communist children, trained professors in universities and secondary schools were purged and replaced with pro-Communist politicians and intellectuals, and university acceptance was based off of political alliances rather than pre-university scores, ensuring that educational advances would only be provided to Communist learners. The Church, which promotes Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, stating that “everyone has the right to education,” teaches that the gift of knowledge is a basic human right that all individuals must receive despite their religious, ethnic, or political disagreements, however, when educational facilities deny the acceptance of a bright individual who supports a different regime, it is seen that
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