Thursday 28 March 2013

Ceauşescu's sceptre

File:Ceausescu receiving the presidential sceptre 1974.jpg

On 28 March 1974 Romania created the position of President to which Nicolae Ceauşescu was elected. On April 4, 1974, the Romanian newspaper Scînteia published on its front page a telegram, in which Salvador Dalí congratulated Ceauşescu on "introducing the presidential sceptre." The editor was dismissed immediately. 

Mircea Toma, when he was editor of Academia Caţavencu, told me this was the only instance of a satirical publication in Communist Romania.

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