Recovery of the memory of the political detainees who participated in the restoration works of the Casino in Constanța
Given the purpose and objectives of IICCMER, the institution will be involved in conducting a professional investigation in this regard.
IICCMER will start a project to recover the memory of political detainees who participated in the restoration works of the Casino in Constanța in the early 1950s
The Institute for the Investigation of the Crimes of Communism and the Memory of the Romanian Exile (IICCMER) will start a large project to recover the memory of former political detainees who participated in the rehabilitation of the Casino in Constanța in the early ‘50s. After 70 years, a ticket signed by 16 political detainees was found in May of this year in the walls of the building, during the rehabilitation works. The torn piece of paper in a cement bag is dated December 31, 1951, when the communist authorities rehabilitated the monument on the city's seafront, destroyed by the bombings of World War II. It is possible that many other such messages are still built into the walls of the Casino, waiting to be discovered and take their rightful place in history.
Given the purpose and objectives of IICCMER, the institution will be involved in conducting a professional investigation in this regard, which will involve:
- Reconstructing the biographies of the politically involved detainees and rendering as accurately as possible the episode of the restoration of the Casino in Constanța, at the beginning of the ‘50s. The investigation will be completed by drafting a Report on what happened seven decades ago, a work that will highlight both the political context and the suffering and traumas experienced by those who worked on this project;
- Involvement in making a permanent exhibition dedicated to this episode, including the testimonies buried by political detainees in the walls of the Casino in the '50s and any other documents or pieces of heritage or historical value that will be discovered during the restoration and rehabilitation of the building, but also relevant documents, held by archival institutions in the country.
- For the efficiency of the project, we intend to join an agreement between our institution, Constanța City Hall and the Association of Former Political Prisoners in Romania. In connection with this topic, today, 25.05.2020, the Executive President of IICCMER, Mrs. Alexandra Toader, had a meeting with Mr. Apollon Cristodulo, the son of the architect Ion Cristodulo, who participated in the restoration works of the Casino in Constanța in the '50s.