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Romanian Revolution

23 December 1989
Romania, revolution 1989 coll, 5

The Dutch ambassador in Romania, Coen Stork, in December 1989 collected materials from the dissident movement on the spot and donated these to the IISH. The revolution had been kindled half-way December with insurrections led by the Hungarian minorities in Timisoara and Arad. In these two towns communist authorities were forced to leave even before the Ceausescu's had fled the capital in a heli and were arrested on 22 December. Adevărul (The Truth) was the first publication of the 'Democratic Front' in Arad on 23 December.