Romanian Police officers confiscated “for further investigation” several volumes of the Hungarian novelist and poet Albert Wass, condemned in absentia as a war criminal by Romanian People’s Tribunal after the Second World War.
The books were on sale during the biggest Hungarian pilgrimage that takes place every year on the day before Whitsunday in the city of
Miercurea Ciuc ( Harghita
County, Transylvania, Central Romania).
The editor-in-chief of the publishing company whose volumes were confiscated told local media that Wass is not included on the list of the forbidden authors in
and named the action “an abuse of power”. Romania
The measure angered many Hungarian ethnics from
consider the police action an abuse and a reminiscent of the Communist
As a form of protest, people started posting on social media (especially on Facebook) pictures of themselves while reading Albert Wass volumes.
Most of the pictures are taken at home, others in nature, in the car, or in public spaces.
A candidate for Senate in
Arad County in the 2012 parliamentary elections posted a
picture of himself reading a Wass volume on a boat, while being on vacation in . Turkey
A Facebook community named “Kiállunk Wass Albert mellett” (meaning “We support Wass Albert” in Hungarian), created in 12 June, was liked by more than 3 100 people in the first five days.
In May 1946 count Albert Wass (born in
Romania) and his father were
sentenced to death for ordering the killing of Romanian peasants in
September 1940, during the march in of the Hungarian forces to North Transylvania.
In 1944 he moved to
and later in 1952 to the , where he lived until his suicide
in 1998, after a long struggle with a medical condition. United
States of America
Romanian authorities requested the
to extradite him and the denounced the
author for being among those accused of killing Jews. Wiesenthal
After an investigation, the
dropped the charges against
Wass continued to insist that he had nothing to do with the killings, and claimed he was the victim of a “Zionist-Romanian” conspiracy.
In 2008, his son, Andreas Wass, appealed to Cluj Court of Appeal to review the death penalty, but the request was rejected.
However, his volumes can be purchased in libraries and online stores inA national book survey conducted in
Romania and too. Hungary
Photo: Facebook / “Kiállunk Wass Albert mellett” community