romanian literary monthly

ROMANIAN HEROES – Alexandru Nemoianu: „Avram Iancu“

We all should ask ourselves why Avram Iancu has remained so famous, so unique, in the collective memory of the Romanian people and especially of the Romanians from Transylvania. It is true that to a certain degree that his very dynamic style, in a time when the Romanians from Transylvania were forced to be passive he was a very vocal and boisterous symbol of activism. But in the meantime, we should not delude ourselves or try to create myths. He was able to preserve for a limited period of time the liberty of those who depended on him and he was able to repel forces that were superior in number and means to his own. But finally he was defeated, he was publicly humiliated and few of his ideals were fulfilled. In other words if we will analyze only the real facts, trying to judge Avram Iancu in terms belonging to the “real politick,” we will be unable to understand the aura of heroism, almost sanctity that accompany his name and personality. What distinguishes Avram Iancu and makes him almost totally unique in Romanian history (as far as I know only one single Romanian personality could be put in this company and that is Dr. Iuliu Maniu) is the fact that he refused to make moral comprises. He strongly believed that his people were right and have a undeniable right to an existence with dignity and a right to assert their personality. >>>>>>

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