An 87-year-old former Communist-era camp commander has been blamed for prisoners’ deaths in the 1950s, and is now being investigated by prosecutors.
Florian Cormos was the commander of the Columbia prison camp at Cernavoda in eastern Romania for just four months, from December 1952 to March 1953.
Mr Cormos denies the accusations against him.
BBC: Meeting Florian Cormos, Romanian Communist jailer
More specifically, he is accused of responsibility for the deaths of 115 people at the Columbia camp, in Cernavoda, between December 1952 and March 1953 . . .
In 1949, Romania’s new Communist leaders took the decision, at the instigation of the Soviet Union, whose troops occupied the country, to build a 70km- (43 mile-) canal from the Danube at Cernavoda to the Black Sea, cutting more than 200km off the shipping route for goods on the Danube.
Up to 100,000 prisoners, around 80% of them Romania’s newly dispossessed middle class, arrested for either opposing Communism or failing to support it, were sent to eight camps along the planned route. Equipped with only shovels and wheelbarrows, they started digging.
Some Justice at last.
Finally, at least a few of these Communist thugs are being prosecuted for their crimes against humanity.
Hungary, and I believe Poland, have similar Prosecutorial Offices, though very few arrests and charges have been issued from them.
I hope the rest of Eastern Europe follows suit, including Russia, but I doubt it would ever happen there.
News Media in this country (America) will ignore this story and the Communist crimes completely as the News Media continues to push Leftist social and economic policies.
BBC: Genocide charge for Romanian who ran communist prison
Romanian prosecutors have charged a communist-era prison commander, Alexander Visinescu, with genocide . . .
About 500,000 Romanians, including priests, teachers, doctors and peasants, were jailed as political prisoners in the 1950s as the communist authorities imposed a totalitarian system. In harsh prison conditions about one-fifth of those inmates died, historians say.