Gherghina Buican

As interviewed by Gloria M., March 14, 2013
"The communist regime was one of the most cruel periods that a human being could endure. There was no right to express your feelings, to talk freely, or to be able to make your own decisions. There was no freedom, everything was abolished"
Gherghina Buican

Introductory Profile: About Gherghina Buican

Gherghina Buican spent 56 years of her life living in Romania, most of it under communist rule. During the interview, she talked about what life was like during communism for her and her family. One of the things that stood out in the interview was when she went into detail about schools, what kids were allowed or weren’t allowed to do. You are able to see a difference in what’s happening in schools today compared to back then.

Every evening she walks around her neighborhood with her husband, Traian Buican, to make sure they both stay fit. She loves to cook Romanian sweets and other Romanian food items for family and friends. She also loves to dance and listen to Romanian music and news. She enjoys going to church and having Romanian guests over to her home. She always has her nails painted a light pink color. She also enjoys the presence of children and is an animal lover. Gherghina has short, curly, whitish-grayish hair and brown eyes. She also has glasses and a lot of jewelry.

Gherghina Buican is currently married to Traian Buican and has three kids: Costin, Radu, and Mihaela Buican. She was born on August 24, 1938 in Romania in the region of Vata, District Olt. Her husband is a priest at St. Elias Christian Orthodox Church, where they attend every Sunday. Gherghina has three siblings: one boy and two girls, and was part of an aristocratic class before communism came into power when she was two years-old. Her father was thrown into a political jail because of his beliefs. She left Romania and went to the United States after the Revolution in 1989.

Throughout the interview, Gherghina gave as much detail as she could about what life was like under communist Romania while she was living there. She was serious most of the time, but was sometimes loose and happy. She was very polite and answered the questions as honestly and best as she could remember. Her tone of voice sometimes changed depending on the question asked.

I’m glad I had the chance to learn something new and try to understand the difficulties of living under communist rule.