Monday, July 30, 2007

Romanian anti-communist dissident and writer Victor Frunza dies aged 72

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - Former anti-communist dissident and writer Victor Frunza has died in Denmark of a heart attack, a government institute for Romanians living abroad said Monday. He was 72.

Frunza, who died Friday, was forced to leave Romania in 1989 after writing a letter critical of the Communist regime led by dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. The letter was published internationally, and Frunza was interrogated by the dreaded Securitate secret police. He later settled in Aarhus, Denmark with his family.

While in Romania, Frunza secretly wrote a history of Communism in Romania, which was published in Denmark in 1984. He also published essays championing human rights, and a published a political magazine called «Marathon Runner.

He returned to Romania after Ceausescu's execution in 1989, publishing books such as «The history of Stalinism in Romania,» and «The destiny of a man sentenced to death, Pamfil Seicaru.
«Victor Frunza, formerly exiled in Denmark ... had an important contribution to the fight of the Romanian political exiles against Ceausescu's regime,» said the government-run National Institute for the Memory of the Romanian Exile.

Frunza was a founding member of the anti-communist movement «The Civic Alliance,» which played a key role in helping Romania's opposition come to power in 1996.

He also wrote a play, «The Great New Train Station,» and poetry. Frunza's body, which has been placed in a chapel in Denmark, will be cremated there in a ceremony later Monday, the daily Ziua reported. He was survived by his wife and a son.

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