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Interview with Justin Liuba, President of “Iuliu Maniu” Society of NYC (March 8, 2018) https://youtu.be/yvolEmcbCGw

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Societatea “Iuliu Maniu” din New York City, Presedinte Justin Liuba a comemorat trei luni de la moartea Regelui Mihai al Romaniei (joi 8 martie, 2018).

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Magda Carneci in interviu cu Mirela Roznoveanu. Interviul a fost aired de RTVNY in ziua de duminica 13 mai, 2013.
https://youtu.be/f-Ly4Kswj7o

 

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7 ianuarie 2018 — Interviu cu Vicepresedintele  The Romanian Studies Association of America, Dr Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru, Associate Professor, American Studies Center, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literature, University of Bucharest, difuzat de The Romanian Voice (RTVNY). Realizator  Cristi Boghian. In HD si in Youtube.com (search rtvny si apoi vedeti interviul)

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RTVNY – Romanian Television New York

 

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LIFE ON THE RUN

The 2018 English version of Viata pe Fuga:
2018LIFE_ON_THE_RUN book block in pdf.
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   Book block: 2018LIFE_ON_THE_RUN_compressed
The merged file: https://18798-presscdn-pagely.netdna-ssl.com/mroznoveanu/wp-content/uploads/sites/1928/2018/01/2018Life_On_the_Run_merged.pdf

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June 15, 1990

The Daily Chronicle from De Kalb, Illinois · Page 1
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Location: De Kalb, Illinois
Issue Date: Friday, June 15, 1990
Page: Page 1
https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/127492169/

Inauguration postponed; miners patrolling BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) The inauguration of President-elect Ion Iliescu was postponed today following the worst violence in Bucharest since the December revolution. Club-wielding coal miners continued to patrol the capital. The miners streamed into Bucharest by the tens of thousands Thursday after Iliescu called for help in putting down anti-government riots. They clubbed passers-by and journalists and raided the offices of opposition parties. A woman answering the telephone at Diescu’s office said a meeting of both houses of Parliament that was scheduled for today had been postponed until Monday. Iliescu was due to be sworn in at the Parliament. The fighting began early Wednesday when truncheon-swinging riot police waded into University Square and broke up the anti-government demonstration. The demonstrators contend that the National Salvation Front, which took power in the revolution and won elections in May, is largely neo-Communist At least five people died, and new figures published today by the state Rompres news agency said 367 people were injured, including 112 who remained in hospitals. The miners streamed into the capital after soldiers fired on demonstrators who threw firebombs at police headquarters. Rompres quoted an unidentified spokesman for the miners as saying nobody had invited them to come to and destroyed the editorial offices of the newspaper Thursday. The paper, which had been the main voice of opposition against Iliescu and the government, did not appear today. Although Romania Libera is privately owned, “the government wants to change the editors,” Roznoveanu said by telephone. At University Square, one hulking miner, his face smudged with coal dust, said he hoped he and all fellow miners would be able to leave the capital later in the day and “leave the police work” to regular law enforcement agencies. The violence by the miners Thursday was the latest outburst in the capital’s worst street fighting since the bloody December revolution that ousted and executed Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.  Some miners were seen leaving University Square in trucks and buses early today. But others remained, beating those they considered government opponents. They forced some people to work along with crews sent in to repair trampled flower beds at University Square, where riot police ended a 33-day anti-government protest Wednesday. But the miners looking dirty and worn, appeared to have stopped harassing Western journalists following dozens of assaults and threats against foreign reporters Thursday. Television crews, who were warned Thursday by police and hotel personnel not to film or report, moved about freely today. Mirela Roznoveanu, a journalist with the Romania Libera newspaper, said the miners beat a co-worker (…)

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Revista Vatra

March 21, 2017: The Reader, the Reading Process and the Book:
https://revistavatra.org/2017/03/21/lectura-cititor-carte-28-florin-manolescu-mircea-braga-mirela-roznoveanu-gheorghe-grigurcu-si-zoe-petre/

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An Accidental Passage to China, (p. 9) and Remember: Queen Anne of Romania (September 18, 1923- August 1, 2016) A Royal “Thank You”, p. 17.
IN: The Romanian Studies Association of America (RSAA) http://www.thersaa.org/http://thersaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Mirela-Roznoveanu-Travelog.-An-Accidental-Passage-to-China.-2016.pdf  Volume 27.2.pdf 1,699.3 kB RSAA Newsletter Volume 27.2.pdf (1,699.3 kB)

Remember: Queen Anne of Romania (born September 18, 1923; died August 1, 2016) A Royal “Thank You” – Lunch with the Queen

During the weeks of 10-25 April 1991, I joined the Romanian royal family visiting the US as an accredited journalist of the Free Romania (România Liberă) newspaper from Bucharest where I was a senior columnist and a member of the board of directors.  Cornel Dumitrescu and Dan Costescu, the editors of Free Romanian World (Lumea Liberă Românească) from New York asked me also to write for their magazine about the same event. Chicago, Washington, D.C. and New York were the main focus of the royal visit.

I arrived in Chicago on the evening of April 10th and, after a few hours, I finally entered the Drake Hotel. I was welcomed by Corinne, the secretary of Princess Margareta, who arranged to take me to my room. The only one I knew in the royal group was King Michael whom I had met in May 1990 when I interviewed him in his home in Versoix for Free Romania (România Liberă).

The schedule was tight. On Friday, April 12, 1991, at 9:00 A.M., James Edgar, by then the governor of the State of Illinois, had invited King Michael, Queen Anne, and Princess Margareta to breakfast. The royal family was joined by Constantin Brâcoveanu, the personal secretary to the King and professor of history in Liverpool, England, Iolanda Strănescu, a leading member of the Romanian resistance in London, Queen Anne’s friend, and I. The governor and his assistant, Mary Mills Dunea, welcomed us. The breakfast meeting lasted about two hours.

At the beginning, James Edgar, one of the most important Republican governors in the US at that time, presented to the 69-year-old former-king deposed by the Soviet Army in 1947, the bust of Abraham Lincoln. Then greeting the guests, the governor said that it was his first time he talked to a king, that he did not believe in kingdoms and kings but he was curious why Romania would need a king after the 1989 Revolution. However, the governor knew very well the political situation in Romania. At the end of his speech, the governor added: “I know that the King, the Queen, the Princess lived in Western Europe during the past 50 years, that even the persons joining them haven’t lived in Romania under the Communist dictatorship and even now you haven’t been allowed to enter the country – he pointed directly to the King. So you don’t know what really happened there and is happening now. But there is here a person who comes directly from Romania and lived in Romania during this time. It is the journalist from Free Romania. I want to ask this journalist and I want to hear from this journalist why Romania needs a king now?”

The governor pointed to me. The King, the Queen, Princess Margareta, Brâcoveanu and Iolanda showed embarrassment – and rightly so. I didn’t speak English at the time and they were also afraid of what I was about to say. The breakfast turned unexpectedly a bit embarrassing. Breaking the silence, Constantin Brâcoveanu offered to be my translator, explaining to the governor why. I stood up. My answer was concise:

“Why do we need now the King back in Romania? The King would ensure a sane and balanced dialogue between the political parties; his presence will guarantee the restoration of moral values in my country who for 45 years had been brain washed by the Communists propaganda. We need the King as an arbiter and symbol of national unity. The King would guaranty the end of Communism and the dismantling of the secret police structures; he will be a guarantor of an independent judiciary; his presence will bring a real transformation of mentalities that would ensure the stability of the country and the emergence of real democratic institutions“

“Now I understand why Romania needs you there,” the governor said clasping his hands. And bowing his head he added: “Your Majesty, I am one of your supporters!”

Back at the Drake Hotel, the King’s secretary told me that the Queen invited me that day to lunch. He picked me up from my room around 12:30; we went downstairs to the restaurant and he left me at a table for two people. Queen Anne arrived soon: elegant and composed. I didn’t know why only the two of us were there.

Queen Anne didn’t speak Romanian and I didn’t speak English. She started the conversation in French. Very light, asking a few questions, she tried to know more about me. Then around coffee, she said that she wanted to thank me personally for what I have said that morning at the governor’s breakfast. She said that my remarks were inspiring, that my words caught her heart. That what I have said was part of the King’s plan in rebuilding Romania. She wanted also to know if I felt comfortable in the royal group. I explained that Princess Margareta refused to talk to me because I didn’t address her properly with “Your Highness”. Nobody told me how to address the royal family members and I apologized for my mistake. The Queen didn’t comment on this and then she said directly:

“We need you in Romania. We need in Romania people like you. You have to go back as soon as possible.”

I didn’t want to mislead the Queen. My reply was simple: “All my life I fought for my countrymen through my writing; I was sure that my mission in this life was to be with my people, that’s why I didn’t leave Romania before. But after the Revolution, the hate I had experienced, the terrible events I went through convinced me that I will not be able to live there in a normal world during my lifetime. Your Majesty, please forgive me, I want from now on to do something for myself and for my child. Tragically, I will not go back to Romania.”

The Queen didn’t say anything.  She didn’t try to change my mind. As a mother and as a woman who suffered greatly she understood what I was saying. During the next days, she was charming with me; all of a sudden Princess Margareta started to talk to me as nothing had happened.  We parted in New York City and had seen again each other in other circumstances. At a gathering with Romanian exiles in New York City after many years I told her about my new life in my new country. She seemed pleased to hear that I was doing well.  Her dignity, great simplicity, honesty, and integrity stayed in my mind these 25 years. She was truly the real Queen of a country whose language she did not speak and on whose soil, she did not step until she was nearly 70. When I heard the news that Queen Anne of Romania died and read about her extraordinary, inspiring life I realized that the only royal figure that matched her in the Romanian history had been Queen Mary of Romania.

Mirela Roznoveanu
New York, August 2016

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