Advocacy chain letter.  Romania. ". . . like a round-robin letter." Copy to Kuper. International, 1988.

                       Dr Mária
                       Gombocz Zoltán u. 12/b
                       H-1118, Budapest, Hungary
                       July 12, 1988

          Dear Friend,

          If you agree with the enclosed paper, please

copy it and send it on to other addresses like a round-

robin letter.

          If you have anything to add of your own

experiences, please do so. If you are willing, please

send a signed copy to

          Adam Kuper, Editor of Current Anthroplogy

          Department of Human Sciences

          Brunel University

          Uxbridge, Middlesex

          UB8 3PH England

          Now is the time to act

          SOS   SOS   SOS

                           Mária Kresz
                                  Mária Kresz

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                               The Plight of Romania

        7000 villages are threatened with extinction owing
to the areal resettlement plan which Ceausescu is about to
carry out. He want every second village demolished whatever
nationality lives there. Churches, graveyards, architectural
and historical monuments, old houses and modern homes with
complete intallation will be destroyed. Villagers will be re-
settled into"apartment houses' which are still to be built.
In Apahida the finished ten-story houses have no running
water. The excuse is to grow agricultural products in place
of the destroyed villages.

        This cruel plan is to be carried out first in the
Kalotaszeg region along the highway leading into Romania.
These Hungarian villages are especially famous for their
beautiful architecture and fine folk art. A strong feeling
of identity is typical of the people, who, however, have
friendly contacts with their Romanian neighbors.

         Transylvania is a land of many nationalities.
Romanians, Hungarians, Germans /"Saxons"/ have been
peacefully living together for centuries. Transylvania
was the first to proclaim the plurality of religions and
nations already in 1567. As part of the Hungarian kingdom,
it had a history of its own. The Principality of Transylva-
nia was not occupied by the Turks as the centre of Hungary
was, so many of its historical monuments were preserved.
Only after World War I. was Transylvania joined to

          Two million Hungarians live in Romania, they are
the largest national minority in Europe, but today many
Hungarians, Germans and also Romanians wish to flee from
their imperilled native country. A demonstration in Buda-
pest on June 27th, 1988, carried a banner with English text:


Photocopy of typed original. Two pages. Keystrokes preserved. Collected by Paul Smith.


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