This is Elena and Andreea. I met Andreea in the air plane on the way back home from Bucharest, Romania yesterday. We talked. Thought she was really upbeat and nicely talkative. She had a 24 hours stop over in Copenhagen and I invited her for lunch. I want to connect it with something I wrote in the book A Window to My Soul this week. Tell me, what is your take on this ?
When it comes to trust many Romanians grew up witnessing that the world around them is one not to be trusted. Only family was, and to some extent still is today, to be trusted. The government created a population of mistrusting people. This mistrust came directly from the leader himself as he and his government were not to be trusted. The Militia , the Police was controlling people. Anytime they could come up and ask for identification papers, check were you worked. They could come and check if you held animals at home for eating purposes. If you had two pigs they d take one.
Securitate was the political Police, If they came to pick you up, you could be 99% sure you would not come back for the next ten years. They wore plain clothes and would come in the middle of the night, put black metal glasses on you and take you from your home. Not even the Militia would know where to.
From : A Window to My Soul