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He is a man of over 40 years old, with short hair and sideburns, droopy eyelids, a prominent jaw, wearing a suit.

His broad forehead is outlined by a pattern of dense, small ‘x’-letters that represent his curly hair.

His shirt is depicted by a pattern of full, accentuated and crammed rhombuses.

The classic jacket is outlined by a curved pattern.

He is wearing a fully colored tie.

 

Historical information

Gheorghe Ursu was born on 1st of July 1926, in Soroca, Bessarabia, where he lived until 1941, when he moved with his family in Galati. Here, he went to Vasile Alecsandri Highschool from 1942 to 1945 [Bibliography 1]. In 1944, he enrolled the Union of Communist Youth, and debuted in the same year, in the Ecoul newspaper, with an essay on Jean de Meung [Bibliography 2]. He also starts writing a diary, which will later be used as a tool of his decline [Bibliography 3]. After he graduated from the Faculty of Constructions at the Politehnica University of Bucharest, he was hired at the Institute of construction design ISLGC [Bibliography 4]. In 1972 he published a poetry book, at Litera Publishing House, called “Mereu doi”; the volume was prefaced by Nina Cassian [Bibliography 5].

Although he was never a favorite of the communist party, his situation becomes critical in the 80s, when his personal diary, in which he wrote down all of his critique regarding the communist regime or the meetings with some Romanian authors that had left the country (such as Monica Lovinescu), is confiscated [Bibliography 6]. The discovery of his diary by the Securitate agents, stirred up panic amongst his group of fellow authors [Bibliography 7]. Their fear was generated by their negative comments on the communist regime. This is one of the reasons why Nina Cassian requested political asylum in the United States [Bibliography 8].

Because a more solid reason was necessary for his arrest, the Securitate planted some money at his house. After the discovery of the so-called money, Gheorghe Ursu is arrested on 21st of September 1985 [Bibliography 9]. Once arrested, the engineer is put in the same cell with two recidivists, formerly known for their violence. After more than a month of interrogations, during which the Securitate agents beat him, Gheorghe Ursu died on 17th of November 1985 [Bibliography 10]. The official cause of death was peritonitis [Bibliography 11].  

 

Bibliography

  1. ACNSAS, Informative fund, file 1099046, vol I, f. 3.
  2. Victor Bârsan, Marea călătorie: viaţa şi moartea inginerului Gheorghe Ursu, București, Editura Tythagora, 1998, p. 146.
  3. ACNSAS, Informative fund, file 1099046, vol I, f. 34.
  4. Wojciech Roszkowski, Jan Kofman, edits., Biographical Dictionary of Central and Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century, Londra, Editura Routledge, 2008, p. 1072.
  5. Victor Bârsan, op. cit., p. 303.
  6. ACNSAS, Informative fund, file 1099046, vol II, f. 25.
  7. Cristian Patrasconiu, Tia Serbanescu, Trantind usa: Cristian Patrasconiu in dialog cu Tia Serbanescu, București, Editura Humanitas, 2017, p. 207.
  8. Nina Cassian, Memoria ca zestre, vol III, București, Editura Institutului Cultural Român, 2005, p. 36.
  9. Adam Burakowski, Dictatura lui Ceaușescu 1965-1989. Geniul Carpaților, Iași, Editura Polirom, 2011, p. 276.
  10. Florentin Smarandache, edit., Obiectivul “SAVU” dosariada.ro, Editura CuArt, 2011, p. 13.
  11. Wojciech Roszkowski, Jan Kofman, op. cit., p. 1073.

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