imagine power's no heaven, it's easier to riot if you try
Stalin's grotesque portrait by Shostakovich in Symphony No. 10 - 2nd movement
I feel like rioting when I remember how the statist world I was born in tried to destroy any place of personal freedom including organized religion and private property. Constructing the palace in this image and the huge remodeled area around it called The Civic Center required demolishing much of Bucharest's historic district, including 19 Orthodox Christian churches (plus 8 relocated churches and monasteries), 6 Jewish synagogues, 3 Protestant churches, and 30,000 residences. Even the army was mobilized to build this and many soldiers and workers died during construction because safety was regularly sacrificed to increase building speed.
The Palace of the Parliament (Romanian: Palatul Parlamentului) in Bucharest, Romania
Nicolae Ceaușescu named it the House of the Republic (Casa Republicii), but many Romanians call it the People's House (Casa Poporului).
Ceausescu intended the palace to be his personal residence and the government was to operate in it (as if combining the Kremlin into one building). It was intended to house these institutions:
1. The Presidency of the Republic (Preşedinţia Republicii) - today's Presidency (Preşedinţia);
2. The Great National Assembly (Marea Adunare Naţionalǎ) - today's Parliament (Parlamentul);
3. The Council of Ministers of the Socialist Republic of Romania (Consiliul de Miniştri) - today's Government (Guvernul);
4.The Supreme Court (Tribunalul Suprem) - today's High Court of Cassation and Justice (Înalta Curte de Casaţie şi Justiţie).
Ceauşima ("Ceaushima") is a vernacular word construction in Romanian, sarcastically linking former Communist leader Nicolae Ceauşescu to Hiroshima. This portmanteau term was sometimes coined in the 1980s to describe the huge urban areas of Bucharest that Ceauşescu ordered torn down, comparing the results with the nuclear attack on Hiroshima.
During the final few years of Ceauşescu's tenure, significant portions of the historic center of Bucharest were demolished to accommodate standardized apartment blocks and government buildings, including the grandiose Centrul Civic and the palatial House of the People, now the Palace of the Parliament.
Architecture and Power
Arhitectura și Puterea
[1993 Romanian documentary about Bucharest from 1930s to 1980s]
THE SOVIET STORY [2008 documentary]
Nineteen Eighty-Four [George Orwell]
Brazil [1985 movie]
Monty Python - Execution in Russia