Victims of Communism Memorial - details and images

Victims of Communism Memorial is the most important sightseeing of the city (located near City Hall). Former prison turned into a memorial to the pain, comes in 1995 under the Council of Europe. The first rooms of the museum was inaugurated in 1997, the year the Memorial was declared "of national interest", also being recognized as the most important project dedicated to the reconstruction of civil society and the communist past analysis, unique in Eastern Europe.

Sighet Prison was built in 1897, and housed the common law until 1944, when he became a Soviet prison camp. From 1948, a place of detention for young intellectuals and Maramures screening. In 1950, it became "Prison Ministers, was imprisoned here in one night, over 80 officials (former ministers, academics, economists, military officers, historians, journalists, politicians), most of them untried. In the months that followed were brought here more than 50 priests (bishops and priests) Greek-Catholics and Roman Catholics, and other officials, arrested in the meantime. Prison was camouflaged under the title "special labor unit" was in reality an extermination camp for the elite of the country and also a safe place where they could not flee, the border with the Soviet Union was less than two kilometers and security was draconian. In 1955, the Geneva Convention after the entry into the UN and communist Romania (RPR), political prisoners have been dispersed, and the prison became a prison for common law prisoners. In 1977, and it was dismantled and the building - received many other uses - has deteriorated.

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