Needless to say what the dictatorial figure of Nicolae Ceausescu represents for Romania, you should know that the house where he grew up can actually be visited, as it is now a memorial house administered by his family.
Ceausescu was born and grew up in Scornicesti, Olt County, situated in the historical region of Muntenia. At 11 years of age, the dictator left the village of Scornicesti to become a shoemaker in Bucharest. He returned for Scornicesti when he was already the communist leader he is known as today, in 1988, with a “revolutionary vision” to turn Scornicesti into a “model town” for the “socialist man”. Therefore, most traditional countryside houses, except his, were demolished and new apartment buildings were founded instead. Through this, Ceausescu changed Scornicesti from a village to an actual city, which today surpasses the county’s capital, Slatina by 120 km2, as Scornicesti has under its administration 13 more villages, which together total an area of 170 km2.
The parental home of Nicolae Ceausescu was built in 1890 in a typical style of the 19th century countryside people, and restored in 1979 by the dictator himself.
Nicolae Ceasusescu Memorial House has two rooms which display the original furniture, as well as objects from those times, like dowry, kitchen items and family portraits; one of the portraits are of Ceausescu at 14 years old when he was arrested.
Outside the house you can spot a bust of the dictator with an inscription plaque saying: “NICOLAE CEAUSESCU (1918 – 1989) THE FIRST PRESIDENT OF ROMANIA”.
Today it can be visited as a museum free of charge, ran by Ceausescu’s brother-in-law who lives right next-door.
It is fascinating how the people of Scornicesti were mostly spared by the dictator’s wrongdoings, as the town itself was raised to superlative as “the biggest town, the richest, the most loved, the most hardworking, the most of the most” and indeed it was until the fall of the communist regime in 1989. Today, most of Scornicesti’s population still regard of Ceausescu as a man who did a lot of good to the country.
Besides this, Ceausescu, as he rewrote his entire biography, he also changed the genesis of Scornicesti, saying that Romania formed around this exact town and that the country organically orbits around Scornicesti just like the nation does around the great leader. In reality, Scornicesti is thousands of years younger, formed only in 1800 by a nobleman named Radu Scornici.
The center of the town is actually placed over the former village of Tatarai, from where Ceausescu’s family comes, under the name of Ceausoglu, which translates from Tatar as “the child of the slave”.