Darie Gheorghe Journeys to Freedom

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Author shares how he suffered and struggled in wwii and communist Russia.

The terrifying and poignant stories of World War II will never be forgotten. There have been many horrifying personal tales—and one such terrorizing account is that of author Darie Gheorghe. In his gripping autobiography, The Emigrant, he adds his personal report to the hundreds of heartbreaking chronicles that describe the horrors of WWII and the Romanian Communist regime.

In The Emigrant, Gheorghe relates his piece of one of the most oppressive years in modern history. He provides an unflinching look at the state of the Romanian nation during World War II and the period of Communism that followed from Russia throughout the Eastern Bloc countries. It was a time of severe food shortage, widespread hunger, and deplorable health conditions among the people, as Gheorghe had witnessed.

He relates the untold “ethnic cleansing” that went on in Eastern Europe even after the fall of Nazi Germany, which particularly affected the gypsy minority in Romania. He tells of the racist laws and policies that enabled the Romanian government to enact discriminatory practices, including mass arrests and imprisonments. At one point in his book, Gheorghe claims that the government even sold the Jews and gypsies.

The Emigrant is also the story of Gheorghe’s difficult struggle to attain freedom. It traces the arduous journey from his youth to his eventual emancipation, gained by slipping through the border. “I wrote this book crying because I suffered so much for only one reason…Freedom,” Gheorghe affectively relates.

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About the Author

Darie Gheorghe was born in a little village in Romania in 1957. His parents separated when he was thirteen. Gheorghe went with his father to Bucarest, where he eventually underwent prosecution for being a gypsy during the communist regime.

The Emigrant * by Darie Gheorghe
Publication Date: October 14, 2009
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