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The Life of the Romanian Theologian Antonie Plamadeala as a Runaway from the Secret Police and as a Political Prisoner in Communist Romania

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The Life of the Romanian Theologian Antonie Plamadeala as a Runaway from the Secret Police and as a Political Prisoner in Communist Romania

Plamadeala, Cristina (2015) The Life of the Romanian Theologian Antonie Plamadeala as a Runaway from the Secret Police and as a Political Prisoner in Communist Romania. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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The present work discusses the life of the Romanian theologian Antonie Plamadeala (1926-2005) in the1940s-1950s. More specifically, it tells the story of his refuge from Bessarabia to Romania, of his run from Romania’s secret police (Securitate) and of his years of incarceration as a political prisoner for alleged ties to the Legionary Movement, known for its Fascist, paramilitary and anti-Semitic activity and rhetoric. This work argues that Plamadeala was most likely not a Legionary, as initially accused by Securitate. Instead, his arrest may have been caused by his involvement in the resistance movement against the Communist regime, first through his involvement with the publication of the newspaper The Echo of Bessarabia and, later, via his association with Legionaries and ties with the Vladimiresti monastery, known for its blunt stand against Communism in the 1950s. In regards to his experience in prison, this thesis suggests that Plamadeala’s prison years were determinetal to his inner identity and character.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Theological Studies
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Plamadeala, Cristina
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Theological Studies
Date:11 September 2015
Thesis Supervisor(s):Turcescu, Lucian
ID Code:980422
Deposited By: CRISTINA PLAMADEALA
Deposited On:02 Nov 2015 15:52
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:51
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