Eyewitness to the Iron Curtain: Romanian Revolution and the Death of a Tyrant and His Wife

December 18, 2009

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Petra Micu as a child in Romania.
Communism fell in Eastern Europe 20 years ago. We've marked the event with our Eyewitness to the Iron Curtain series.  The Romanian Revolution was 20 years ago this month. Unlike other the other revolutions of 1989 it was bloody. Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife were executed and 1,100 people died, mostly in the fighting after the Ceausescu's death. And after all that, Romania's break with past didn't go as far as it did elsewhere in Europe. Petra Micu was a young teen in the Transylvanian city of Sibiu at the time of the revolution. Today she's an immigration attorney here in Chicago.