Bukarest, Universität
Strada Edgar Quinet, Bukarest, Rumänien
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Against all odds

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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.

Sibylle Buhn

Sibylle Buhn

Sibylle Buhn was born on July 15, 1965 in Neustadt, (Cristian). She belongs to a German-speaking minority living in Romania called the Transylvanian Saxons, (Siebenbürger Sachsen). After she had successfully completed her school-leaving exam, she began to study at the Bucharest University, where she met and fell in love with an Italian lecturer. Their relationship caught the attention of the Romanian secret intelligence service, the “Securitate,” which subsequently endeavored to complicate their life as much as possible. The couple was subjected to continuous threats and intrusions into their private life. It went so far that Sibylle and her boyfriend Giancarlo started to seriously think about leaving the country. This idea was further reinforced by the birth of their two children, Lars and Clelia. The parents didn’t want their children to have to grow up in a dictatorship. During the tumult that accompanied the Romanian revolution of 1989, the family’s fortunes were standing on a knife’s edge. However, after the death of the dictator Ceausescu, the young family was finally free to leave the country unharmed and settle in Heidelberg. Presently, the family lives in Nannhausen, a little village in Rhineland-Palatinate.

Bukarest, Universität

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Die Universität Bukarest wurde im Jahr 1694 durch Constantin Brâncoveanu als Akademie des Heiligen Sava (Bukarest) gegründet und hatte anfangs griechischsprachigen Theologie- und Philosophieunterricht. Ihr Hauptgebäude befindet sich am Universitätsplatz im Zentrum der Stadt. Mitte Dezember 1989 begann in Timișoara ein Volksaufstand gegen den damaligen Diktator Nicolae Ceaușescu. Am 21. Dezember erreichte dieser Bukarest, da Securitate-Truppen, Scharfschützen und mit Panzern ausgerüstete Armeeeinheiten ein Massaker in der empörten Menschenmenge anrichteten. Brände griffen auf die Universitätsbibliothek über, in Bukarest gab es rund 500 Tote. Am 22. Dezember 1989 verkündete der staatliche Fernsehsender TVR Rumänien als befreit.

Bukarest, Universität

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Against all odds

Against all odds

Sibylle Buhn
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