The lonely house in Rubla…..

The only deported man still living in the ghostly village

The story of deportation

Anda ENE, Conselor to the Minister of Romanian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural
development, wrote to association PeaceBread (FriedensBrot e.V.):

“On 26 August 2013, the general secretary of Institute for the Investigation of Communism Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile, Mr. Dan TALNAR and myself, we made a visit and we had meetings with the local authorities and local farmers in the close area of ex-Rubla Village, to invite them as stakeholders of our project.

Following our discussion, we were conducted to the site where, 60 years ago, was the center of the Rubla Village. There we found the only house left and we met the only man that is still living there.”

(Pictures: Anda ENE)

Locations of deportation in Bărăgan Plain

In an actual project paper “PeaceBread Project in Romania” the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development explains “Why Rubla?”:

"In June 1951, the communist authorities applied the most ample action of displacement of the population in Romania, brutally changing the lives of the inhabitants of more than 200 localities on an area of 25 km along the Serbian boarder. The action have been concluded with the forced exile of 44,000 people (men, women, children, old people, pregnant women, sick people), in Bărăgan Plain, an under populated region with a harsh climate, also known as "Romanian Siberia".

Many families were loaded in trains, travelled in inhuman conditions for days and left in the middle of a deserted field without any means of existence. These people had to start from scratch and improvise shelters and produce their own food.

Rubla Village is one of the 18 new villages established by the displaced in Ialomița and Galați regions and it was built by a number of 450 people of different nationalities.

A current statistic fromthe National Council for the Study of the Security Archives in Romania (CNSAS) indicates that the inhabitants of Rubla were distributed as follows: 246 Germans, 147 Romanians, 11 Macedo - Romanians, and 8 Serbians.

In order to make sure that the population was kept under control, the Securitate also recruited informers from the displaced population and, later on, from the political prisoners sent here in house arrest. Thus, aside from the harsh living conditions, people also had to live under the suspicion that their loved ones could disclose information that could bring new sufferings upon them. The tough living conditions and the poor medical assistance caused over 1,600 deaths, more than 10% among children.

Rubla Village represents an important place on the map of the Memory of Romanian Communism, a locality with an oppressive history, gathering tragedies and drama of people obliged to leave their houses and build from the scratch houses of adobe and covered with reeds or straw. Here is where their lives crossed with the destinies of very renowned political prisoners who were sent in house arrest in the same place.

The village has vanished long ago, a single man in a small house, lost in the middle of endless and beautiful croplands, is the only inhabitant left in this ghostly village."

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