ION Bugan The Cold War Veterans’Association
Exilat Roman for
Fost Detinut Politic FREEDOM AND HUMAN RIGHTS
1961-1988 Founder and President
Phone (616) 361-9007
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL MEETING .
The University of Michigan.
Starting ; from the fundamental concept, that all people are born equal in rights and dignity , forbidding anyone to impose his or her points of view and ideas through force, oppression and dictatorship, it is not pleasant to remember the years of the cold war which suppressed the lives of millions of people in prison and forces labor camps.
In our world, appeared a social malady ; Communism . It polluted people’s minds with the dogmatic , Marxist-Leninist –Stalinist demagogy , the last disciple , Stalin , being one of the most odious criminals of the world…
After the Second World War , the countries occupied by Russia suffered very much . The communist parties started to establish themselves.
They planted fear , horror and death. They demolished churches , and nationalized factories and the peasants’land. People who opposed the communist parties were taken by the secret police during the night and disappeared without a trace .
In 1961 ; I protested against the communist dictatorship in my country romania . I was arrested, tortured and condemned to prison. There I met the most courageous people of my country ; generals , officers , pastors ortodox , catholic , romano-catholic , greco-catholic , partisans , doctors and engineers ,
Teachers , journalists, who fought for human rights . The majority of them perished .
I survived because I was young ---26 years old . Maybe God wanted things to happen this way, so I can tell the whole world the message of those who fought against communism, who lost their lives and took their stories with them to the pits were buried in .
I bring you the message of fighting for social rights , equality, and democracy, hoping that those “ mistakes” committed under communist dictatorships will never happen again on our planet. I say “mistakes” from modesty, for they are crimes against humanity, examples that are useful for our children and future generations.
The fight against communism was an American-European and the actions of the whole, but we ,the political prisoners were on the front line, in the middle hell.
For my life , I would like to thank Amnesty International and the American Government, and all the people who cared for us and brought my family and me here to America.
I speak to you today as a veteran and a survivor of the cold war, having met the fright and horror of 27 years of dissidence and 12 years of prison executed under the Romanian communist regime .
God Bless America and Romania !
Mentionez ; totul se pastreaza in arhiva Universitatii Michigan, Oxford , si Lech Walesa Institute Poland , pentru studii si docomentari istorice , departament East Europe .
November 4 , 2007