Against all odds
Originally, Sybille Buhn wanted to begin her studies at the Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj. However, since the foreign-languages department that she favored no longer existed in 1983, she decided to study at the teaching institute in Bucharest instead. Here she met her future husband Giancarlo, an Italian lecturer. Through the connection to a foreigner, the Securitate became interested in the couple. Sybille was under the surveillance of the Securitate from this moment on, monitored by the secret service. The pressure was gradually increased until finally her papers disappeared, and the closet in her dorm was ransacked of her clothes, and so on. When these methods proved to be ineffective, Sybille was summoned to the secret police for interrogations and it was made clear to her that she ought to break up with the Italian lecturer. These developments in the end forced Sybille to think about emigration. The thought of emigrating was further encouraged by the birth of her son Lars in 1987 and her daughter Clelia in 1988. In the summer of 1988, she filed the first application to leave the country and after the Romanian Revolution and the end of the Ceausescu regime, on March 1, 1990, she was finally free to leave to Germany via Hungary.