Romanian Scholars Rebuild Their Universities

Free from the tyrannical regime of Nicolae Ceausescu, they assess their past and anticipate their future

Bucharest, Romania -- Intellectuals here say they suspect that a secret "Ministry of Humor" was responsible for the jokes told about Nicolae Ceausescu during the last years of his brutal Communist regime. Since the government controlled everything, the reasoning goes, the content of political jokes also was probably its doing.

The belief on the part of some that such a scenario could very well have been true is part of the complex legacy left by Ceausescu's Orwellian regime. His era