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(b. 2 October 1935, Mana)

Image description

It’s a man, over 35 years old, wearing glasses, with short hair and a beard, big eyes and a curved nose. He is wearing a suit.

 

His forehead is wide and outlined by his slicked back hair. He also has sideburns and a short beard, all represented by the same texture of slightly curved lines.

 

The wavy texture depicts his classic jacket worn over his shirt which is depicted by a texture made out of embossed diamonds.

 

He wears a tie highlighted by circles.

 

Historical information

Paul Goma was born on 2 October 1935 in Manta, Orhei County, in a family of Romanian teachers. His name is connected to the Romanian dissidence movement, which was frail in the era. At the beginning of 1977, he tried to gather many writers to write a letter of solidarity with Charter 77, but it didn’t have the success they wished for. The letter was finally sent only in his name. A few days afterwards it was followed by another letter this time addressed to Nicolae Ceaușescu in which he expressed his indignation concerning his colleagues. Goma thought that their voice could have an echo but that they remained passive at the iniquities of the regime, saying: ”Our Romanians think only of what they’ll lose if the Securitate (The Department of State Security) found out and not of what they could win- despite the Securitate”[Bibliography 1].

Several days later, at the beginning of February the”Open letter addressed to the Belgrade conference” was written by Sergiu Manoliu. It discussed the issue of migration. Without the desire to flee the country, Paul Goma signed the letter as well, motivating that, at the time, he would have agreed with any action that had to do with human rights [Bibliography 2].

 

On April 1 1977 his actions resulted in his arrest. The motive given was that”he committed treason by way of transmitting secrets”. However, shortly after that,  he was released because the authorities deemed him to hard to control, so he emigrated to Paris with his wife and son, but not before he was reminded that ”the arm of the revolution is long”. [Bibliography 3].

 

Concering the file ”The hostile activity led by some people in the field of arts and culture” [Bibliography 4] the Securitate agents were classifying Dumitru Țepeneag and Paul Goma, both of which had fled the country, in the same category. The Securitate thought that the two wanted to create a group of protesters in Romania, which would have meant real damage for RSR, through a potential defamation of Romanian politics in the Western press.

 

Bibliography

  1. Ana-Maria Cătănuș, Vocația libertății. Forme de disidență în România anilor 1970-1980, Institutul Național pentru Studiul Totalitarismului, București, 2014. 97.
  2. Ana-Maria Cătănuș, Vocația libertății. Forme de disidență în România anilor 1970-1980, Institutul Național pentru Studiul Totalitarismului, București, 2014. 97.
  3. Ana-Maria Cătănuș, Vocația libertății. Forme de disidență în România anilor 1970-1980, Institutul Național pentru Studiul Totalitarismului, București, 2014. 104.
  4. Florica Dobre (coord.), Securitatea. Structuri/cadre, obiective și metode (1967-1989), vol. II, București, Editura Enciclopedică, 2006, p. 520.

 

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