Nicu Ceaușescu

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Nicu Ceaușescu
Nicu Ceaușescu 1990.jpg
Born(1951-09-01)1 September 1951
Died26 September 1996(1996-09-26) (aged 45)
Cause of deathCirrhosis
Parent(s)Nicolae Ceaușescu
Elena Ceaușescu

Nicu Ceaușescu (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈniku tʃe̯a.uˈʃesku]; 1 September 1951 – 26 September 1996) was a Romanian physicist and communist politician who was the youngest child of Romanian leader Nicolae and Elena Ceaușescu. He was a close associate of his father's political regime and considered the President's heir presumptive.

Life during Communism[edit]

According to Ion Mihai Pacepa, Ceaușescu wanted Nicu to become his Foreign Minister and for that, he instructed two high-ranked Party members, Ștefan Andrei and Cornel Pacoste (whom he considered brilliant Communist intellectuals) to take care of Nicu's education; however, unlike his older siblings, he disliked school and was allegedly derided by them for never being seen reading a book.[1]

He graduated from Liceul no. 24 (now named Jean Monnet High School) and then studied physics at the University of Bucharest. He was involved in Uniunea Tineretului Comunist while a student, becoming its First Secretary and then Minister of Youth Issues, being elected to the Central Committee of the Romanian Communist Party in 1982.[2]

As an apprentice in politics, he was mentored by Ștefan Andrei, Ion Traian Ștefănescu and Cornel Pacoste. Toward the end of the 1980s, he was made a member of the Executive Committee of the Romanian Communist Party and in 1987 its leader for Sibiu County, being prepared by his parents to be Nicolae Ceaușescu's successor.[2]

Post-Communist life and legacy[edit]

Since high school, Nicu was reputed to be a heavy drinker. Ion Mihai Pacepa, who defected to the United States in 1978, alleged that he scandalized Bucharest with his rapes and car accidents.[citation needed] He claimed that his father heard about Nicu's drinking problem, but his solution was the one given to every Romanian problem: work harder.[1] Latif Yahia claimed that Nicu was good friends with Uday Hussein, son of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, and the two would visit each other in Switzerland and Monaco.[3] He also allegedly lost large sums of money gambling around the world.[2][4]

The documentary Videograms of a Revolution shows him exhibited as a prisoner on state television on 22 December 1989 after being arrested on accusations of holding children as hostages and other crimes.[citation needed] He was also arrested in 1990 for misuse of government funds under his father's regime, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.[citation needed] Released in November 1992 because of cirrhosis, he died of the disease four years later, aged 45, in a Vienna hospital.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ion Mihai Pacepa (1990) Red Horizons: The True Story of Nicolae and Elena Ceaușescus' Crimes, Lifestyle, and Corruption, Regnery Publishing, Inc. pp. 62–63. ISBN 0-89526-746-2.
  2. ^ a b c Vladimir Tismăneanu (2005) Stalinism pentru eternitate, Polirom, Iaşi. p. 295. ISBN 973-681-899-3.
  3. ^ Latif Yahia; Karl Wendl (1997). I Was Saddam's Son. Little, Brown and Company. p. 297. ISBN 978-155-970-373-4.
  4. ^ a b "Nicu Ceaușescu, 45, Flamboyant Son of Romanian Dictator", in The New York Times 27 September 1996; p. B8