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"The Hero of Peace" (Nicolae Ceausescu)
Romania, 1965-1989
Deak Barna
Muzeul National de Arta Contemporana / National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania

The communist leader of Romania, Nicolae Ceausescu described his rule as a ‘golden age’. The cult of personality that he and his officials created around him was perhaps one of the most outlandish of all communist regimes. Under Ceausescu the Romanian people suffered some of the worst deprivations and repression of Eastern bloc countries.