How the Secret Police Tracked My Childhood

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“At 01:32 in the morning, we could hear someone trying the door to the room equipped with listening devices. The door doesn’t open. We hear the footsteps of someone walking away and the insistent barking of the dog as to a person who is a stranger to the house.”

It is a transcript of the Securitate registering itself in the act of trying to come into the house to change the microphones. I read this file last August for the first time. It made me understand that when we heard noises in those years in Romania we weren’t really crazy as we thought.

Escaping the abusive communist regime in Romania took an entirely different kind of leadership. The kind that costs everything.

How the secret police tracked my childhood

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