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Today Professor Florin Curta is a professor in medieval history and archaeology at the University of Florida, but his road to the sunny vistas of north-central Florida came by way of communist-controlled Romania, where growing up he grappled with empty grocery stores, power outages, and an oppressive government that discouraged creativity and free enterprise.
Curta grew up under the iron-fisted regime of Romanian President Nicolae Ceaușescu, a dictatorship characterized by unrelenting state-control, extreme poverty and widespread dilapidation and deprivation.
Ceaușescu was overthrown and executed by firing squad in 1989, leaving his country in shambles.
Curta, meanwhile, managed to earn his bachelor’s degree from the University of Bucharest in 1988, and left his country in 1993, having been invited to pursue a Ph.D. at Western Michigan University after delivering a speech before the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Mich.
...Tell us about growing up in communist Romania.
What was the quality of life?
Curta: Stores were completely empty.
There was no food.
There was a black market where you could buy some things, but obviously at much higher prices.
Besides the fact that there was no food, every now and then electricity would be cut off in the apartment, at a sudden moment in time.
You would not know when and for how long.
Sometimes there was no running water at all, and there was no warm water at all.
We’re talking about life in an urban environment, we’re talking about an apartment, not one or two, but thousands in which people lived in such conditions.
I was in college in that time, and I remember actually studying in the library with gloves on my hands because it was so cold.
So not a happy place..."