in Bucharest: Nicolae and Elena Ceaușescu’s grave
Nicolae Ceaușescu (1918-89) and his wife Elena (1921-89) are buried at Ghencea Cemetery, on B-dul Ghencea. Their son Nicu (1951-96) is also buried here. The grave itself is on the left side of the central alley, in the last plot just before the little church. The bodies were reburied in 2010, having been exhumed so that DNA tests could be carried out to convince conspiracy theorists that the couple were indeed executed on Christmas Day 1989.
Nicolae Ceaușescu (26 January 1918– 25 December 1989) was the General Secretary of the Romanian Communist Party from 1965 to 1989 and the second and last Communist leader of Romania. He was also the country's head of state from 1967, serving as President of the State Council and from 1974 concurrently as President of the Republic until his overthrow and execution in the Romanian Revolution in December 1989, part of a series of anti-Communist and anti-Soviet Union uprisings in Eastern Europe that year.
These photos were taken in March 2019 during the visit to Ghencea Cemetery and show Nicolae and Elena Ceaușescu’s grave. This visit was connected to the travelling seminar “Romania’s entangled traumatic pasts”organized by the EUROM / European Observatory of Memories and the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Bucharest. According to the official website of EUROM this travelling seminar “dealed with the memories of the Holocaust and the communist past in Romania and consisted of a series of speeches and guided visits to some of the most emblematic places of commemoration and memorialization in Bucharest and Jilava. It was co-organized by the EUROM and the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Bucharest and included the participation of master students and experts from the University of Bucharest and the University of Barcelona.”