I started school a bit before Communism fell and finished it when the savage march of World Capitalism was well under way.
But you are right, compared to the savageries that happened in Russia, in Romania Communists were pretty mild.
Don't get me wrong augustine, I wasn't at all attempting to belittle the suffering of the Romanian people under Ceausescu, just that the sufferings of the Church were not as great as elsewhere. The "secular" havoc he and "communism" wrought there is not to be written off.
I hope you took my comments in the spirit they were meant.
I dated a Romanian woman whose family fled to Germany just years before Ceausescu met his demise. My first contact with Orthodoxy outside of "academia" was in Romania in the tiny village in which her Grandparents lived.
Wished I picked up more Romanian from that time of my life. It is truly a beautiful language. To my ears it is second to Farsi in terms of its sound.
Her English was bad, my Romanian was nil, our German was passable, so that is how we got along. Interestingly, I was able to get by OK in certain parts in Romania with German.
Having an intimate relationship with someone in language in which neither of you are fluent is interesting.