• Association Of Exiled Romanian Refugees From 1940, Representing Victims of Fascism, Sends A Strongly Worded Message To The Romanian Government

    January 11, 2023
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    The Association claims the Romanian Government has not been paying the compensation due its members.

    Daniela Ciută, President of the Association of Exiled Romanian Refugees from 1940, was forced to make her appeal to the Romanian Government public after the Government authorities did not pay the compensation due to its members. Article 154/2021 refers to an Ordinance issued to protect and financially support people who were persecuted between 1940 and 1945 based on their ethnicity. The Ordinance was modified in 2022 only to cover ethnic minorities. In this case, families of Romanians who were forced to leave their homes in 1940 were entitled to compensation, but now they are forced to wait until 2024.

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    Hundreds of thousands of Romanians were exiled from Northern Transylvania by the Fascist regime in Hungary in 1940, together with the ethnic minorities, following the infamous Diktat of Vienna in which Hitler and Mussolini awarded large portions of Romanian land to Hungary. While those deported did receive compensation from Romania and Germany, the Romanians affected by this event haven’t received any compensation from Hungary.

    The new Ordinance shows clear discrimination against the persecuted Romanians, not just when it comes to paying compensation but also in the sums they are supposed to receive compared with the ethnic minorities.

    President, Daniela Ciută, mentioned in her public message that everything the Romanian Government did in 2022 was against the interests of the refugees. According to Ciută, directors within the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Labor and Social Solidarity claimed that by paying the compensation they would endanger the State Budget.

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    The Association, based in Carei, is the only one that organized a protest in 2022 against the Government’s refusal to pay the compensation. Despite this, a commemoration of persecuted victims takes place every year. The families of these refugees are only asking to be treated equally with other minorities in Romania.

    „If our parents and grandparents dared to face their enemies and didn’t give up their identity despite the risks, then we will continue to protest until Romanians will have equal rights with the minorities. We don’t ask for favors, but for equal rights in our own country,” said President Daniela Ciută.

    The Association of Exiled Romanian Refugees is still waiting for an official reply from the Romanian Government.



    Diana Livesay

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