Nowhere over the rotting carcass of the eastern bloc in the late 1980s was the stench greater than in Ceausescu’s Romania.
The cunning peasant ruled, together with his mean-spirited, hard-faced wife Elena, for nearly three decades.
‘Cunning’: ‘Mean spirited’ Nicolae Ceausescu ruled Romania, together with his ‘hard-faced’ wife, Elena, for nearly three decades. He is pictured here with The Queen on a 1978 State visit to Britain
His people lived lives of degradation, poverty and terror, while for Ceausescu and children, life was sweet.
When the revolution came in 1989, the excesses of the offspring were there for all the world to see
‘Mother and father of the nation’: Causescu and his wife Elena had three children. Elena joined the Romanian Communist Party in 1937 and met 21-year-old Nicolae in 1939. Ceausescu was instantly attracted to her which, reportedly, made him never look at another woman in a romantic manner again. Their relationship was interrupted by Ceausescu’s frequent stints in prison, but they finally married on 23 December 1947
Take his daughter, Zola-Elena, one of three children sired by the ‘mother and father of the nation’.
Her lavish apartment was the first to be entered by revolutionary forces after the collapse of the old regime.
There were gems, old masters pilfered by her father from state museums, prime meat shipped from Vienna for her two poodles – while most meat fed to her countrymen was pickled or simply rotten. They also found cash, leather sofas, perfumes, fine wines and high-end electronic goods. Everything that had been bought to the expense of her suffering fellow Romanians.
Troubled: After the fall of her father’s regime, the Causescus’ daughter Zola-Elena (pictured left) was jailed for; undermining the national economy’.At her trial it was said she was also a ‘nymphomaniac’ who ‘drank like a fish’. Their son, Nicu, (pictured right) was ‘an out-of-control drunk and a rapist,’ the book says
Zola was later jailed for ‘undermining the national economy.’ At her trial, she was described as a ‘nymphomaniac’ who ‘drank like a fish’. But she maintained a distance from her father’s violent ways, unlike her brother, Nicu.
‘From his mid-teens, Nicu was an out-of-control drunk and a rapist,’ wrote Nordlinger. ‘He raped at will, and his will was ferocious and unopposable. He had complete license. He was the kind who could run red lights and kill people in the process with total impunity. He was a picture of almost comic-book evil.’
Nicu represented Romania in meetings with North Korea and China, and, inexplicably, was named head of the UN’s International Youth Year in 1985.
Nicu, who had spent all those years ‘raping his way through Romania,’ was sentenced to 20 years’ jail, but served only three and died of cirrhosis of the liver at 45.