Preparing to Flee

The Communist Regime in Romania

"All they found was rubble."

"In 1947, Romania became a communist dictatorship. They came to my father one morning and said, the factories he owned have now been nationalized, that he will still run them but he will no longer own them. As I said, my mother was stubborn; my father was not to be outdone. He arranged for my mother and I to escape across two borders....

My parents had arranged for a telephone conversation, and when my mother said a key word to my father he knew that we were safe in Austria. He arranged for himself to get out, but before he did, he had gotten a hold of some explosives and he planted them on timers. He went across the border, and when the Romanians went to look for their factories in the morning all they found was rubble. He had blown them up."