To lead and support the advancement of research, education, and enjoyment of Chenango County’s history and historically significant assets.
ANNUAL MEMBER MEETING: NOVEMBER 20, 2014
TIME: TIME CHANGE! Meeting starts at 6:00 PM
WHERE: NORTHEAST CLASSIC CAR MUSEUM - NORWICH, NY in EVENT ROOM
Presentation by Tom Sears to follow meeting
I have been a professor of accounting for 37 years at Hartwick College. I started going to Romania every year since 2005, initially to study the evolving nature of the tax systems of Bulgaria and Romania. In 2008 I stumbled across the Association of Ex-Political Prisoners of Cluj Napoca and for the next 4 years I concentrated on this topic only.
The book is about nine individuals, 6 of whom were political prisoners during Communist/Ceausescu times. These individuals survived the extermination camps when hundreds of thousands of their fellow prisoners did not. You cannot imagine the horrors they went through on a daily basis. Their stories are truly amazing. The other three individuals played integral parts during the revolution of 1989. The book, released in September of 2013, represents the results of hundreds of hours of interviews and inspection of Securitate files. My co-author is a native Romanian residing in Cluj. I met him in 2005 and we have since become very good friends.
During my trip to Cluj this last summer we found a Romanian publisher and the book is coming out in Romanian this October.
PS I also have video clips of 4 of the individuals in the book that will allow you to put a face to the prisoner.
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: DECEMBER 14, 2014 - NOON to 4 PM
WHERE: MUSEUM with RAILROAD and CIVIL SERVICE EXHIBIT Opening
Books for all ages! Open Wed. - Sat., 77 Silver St., Norwich, NY