Romanian poet and translator Nina Cassian, who obtained political asylum in the United States after the Communist-era secret police found her critical poems scribbled in a friend's diary, has died. She was 89.
Cassian died of a heart attack Monday at her home in New York City, said her husband, Maurice Edwards.
The Securitate found her poems in 1985 in the diary of Gheorghe Ursu, a friend of hers who was questioned and later died after being beaten by a fellow prisoner. Cassian, then lecturing at New York University, was granted asylum in the United States.
Romanian authorities confiscated her apartment in Bucharest and her assets after she was granted asylum, and her...