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Outsted Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, Elena, are shown in this picture taken from the Japan Broadcasting Corp. on Dec. 25, 1989 shortly before their execution. Photo by: AP.

Dec. 18, 2009

Today we continue our series Eyewitness to the Iron Curtain with stories from Chicagoans who experienced these historic moments firsthand. Petra Micu shares her memories of the Romanian Revolution. Heli Luige recalls being one of two million Lithuanians, Estonians and Latvians who joined hands in 1989 in a show of unity against Soviet occupation. And Marek Rudnicki remembers his role in the events that led to the end of Communist rule in Poland. Later, Worldview contributor Milos Stehlik tells us about Soviet propaganda films known as “East Side musicals.”