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History of Communism in Europe

Volume 3, 2012

Communism, Nationalism, and State Building in Post-War Europe

Dallas Michelbacher
Pages 43-57

The Deportation of Ethnic Minorities to the USSR and the Romanian National Idea

The article examines the general policies of the Romanian state in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War toward the German and Hungarian minority. The abuses of the human rights of ethnic minorities from 1944 until 1947 were some of the worst in the history of Romania. The massacres and deportations of German and Hungarian civilians remain a black mark on Romanian society. These actions were in keeping with the ideological pronouncements of Romanian nationalists from the interwar period. The rhetoric that legitimized these policies of ethnic cleansing continued to inform visions of the Romanian nation throughout the Communist period.

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