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From the archives: Ceausescu's Rule Invaded Minds, Dreams, Intimacy

BUCHAREST, Romania -- The young woman, her dark hair tied back in a long braid, sat in the chair by the fire, her face pulled tight by the unsuccessful effort to hold back tears. "I am sorry," Dmitra said, "I do not mean to offend, but the rest of the world--journalists, everyone--watches this like some kind of movie, something not real. "For us," she said, "it is real. We have a different kind of psyche now. It is something manufactured by Ceausescu." In his 24-year reign over Romania, Nicolae Ceausescu had his political prisoners, with house arrest for those well known in the West, hellish prisons and sudden disappearances for others. But for the vast...