After the Romanian Revolution , she became the symbol of Romania's anti-communist resistance. On the day of the legislative elections of March , Rizea's uncle, a local leader of the National Peasants' Party , was killed by the secret police. Her assigned task within the group was to provide food and supplies. As a result, a massive search was launched by Securitate troops and two army battalions. After being released from prison, she continued to provide food and information to the anti-communist fighters in the mountains. After appeal, her sentence was set at 25 years, and she was sent to a penitentiary for female political prisoners in Mislea.

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Elisabeta Rizea b. She was a peasant farmer with a minute plot of land, a little livestock. She left school at the age of 14, to do what was expected of her lot - to help making a meagre existence off her small allotment. Her fierce opposition to the communist expropriation of farms and her husband joining the guerrilla fighters in the mountains led to torture and long years of imprisonment.

During her grilling in the attempt of breaking her will, Elisabeta was tortured and kept hanging from the ceiling, being tied by her long hair. In the notorious Pitesti prison, where she has been held Elisabeta Rizea was kept in chains and put on the death row. She had the formidable strength to resist until her sentence was commuted and she was eventually freed.

She won the praise of President Emil Constantinescu and King Mihai I paid her a private visit, with his family, in her modest cottage in the Carpathian Mountains. LINK: www. Most of the above Romanian women, in the best tradition of versatility, are true polymaths and therefore nearly each one of them falls in more than just one category, often three or more.

This explains why adding the numbers of the 57 individual categories bears no relation to the actual total of the above women included in Blouse Roumaine. Elena Cuza. Constant By: Constant. Uploaded on December 26, All rights reserved.

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Elisabeta Rizea - Romanian Political Prisoner

Romanian resistance hero and Gulag survivor. Name variations: Elizabeta Rizea. Anti-Communist resistance fighter and Romanian peasant, became a symbol in the battle against tyranny; after their land was expropriated by the Communists, husband joined a resistance group in the Fagaras mountains and she supplied them with food and money ; captured by Romanian militia summer , was tortured and sentenced to 7 years for aiding criminals; after arrest of anti-Communist leader Gheorghe Arsenescu, was sentenced to another 25 years , but pardoned 3 years later under a general amnesty; placed under constant surveillance, was pressured to become an informer; after the collapse of the Ceausescu regime, came to national attention when her story emerged in Romanian newspapers and film Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. May 26, Retrieved May 26, from Encyclopedia. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.


Elisabeta Rizea

Anti-communist and anti-Soviet resistance groups started to form in the Romanian mountains in the late The movement gathered soldiers, students, peasants, workers, who were forced to hide in the Carpathians, where some stayed for ten years, fighting the repression. She remained on the side of those who fought for justice and truth, helping them as best as she could: she gave them food, clothes and information and protected them from their enemies. She paid for that serving two sentences in jail a total of 12 years. As she later revealed, during the years of investigations, she was tortured in unimaginable ways and was even offered bribes- but she never abandoned the cause.


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Rizea, Elisabeta (1912–2003)


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