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A short family history
Like other millions of Romanians born in Communist Romania, I am the son of two newcomers from the country in search of a better life, which then was considered to be found mainly in the city: more opportunities, access to better jobs, many possibilities to spend the free time, children’s education, improved living conditions (sewage, running water, electricity, etc.)
The history of my father’s family tells the life of a peasant community in the Baragan plain in southeastern Romania: a rich agricultural region with very hot summers that was less populated before the 19th century. The increasing demand for cereals in Western Europe and the creation of the modern Romanian state changed the Baragan plain: it became more attractive for the local landowners and newcomers from other regions, many receiving land from the state to cultivate it. It is the case in the village of my grandparents, Florica (Buzau County), 85 kilometers far from Bucharest, founded in 1879 by distributing land for 250 families from mountain villages 50 to 75 kilometers away. Two of these families were Sora (sister in Romanian) and Nica.