Gavril Marcuson with Cornelia Paunescu and Mircea Stoe

Gavril Marcuson with Cornelia Paunescu and Mircea Stoe
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  • Photo taken in:
    London
    Year when photo was taken:
    1975
    Country name at time of photo:
    United Kingdom
    Country name today:
    United Kingdom
We were in London, here in this picture, in 1975, at a conference. From left to right: me, Gavril Marcuson, my wife, Cornelia Paunescu, and my friend, Mircea Stroe, councilor at the Romanian Embassy in London. My name is Gavril Marcuson [the initial name, Marcussohn, was shortened to Marcuson in 1968]. I was born in Bucharest, on 28th October 1913. I graduated from the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy in Bucharest in 1935. I was a researcher at the Communist Party History Institute. I had some books and articles published. I retired while I was working for the Scientific and Encyclopedic Publishing House, in 1973. One of my friends from college was Mircea Stoe, who is dead now. He first became an attaché, then a legation secretary in London. When King Michael abdicated, he resigned. He settled in Sutton, a little town near London. When my wife had a convention in Paris, I went with her, crossed the Channel to England, and stayed at my friend's until the convention was over. Mircea died of lung cancer, because of the tobacco. His wife still lives and we write to each other. My wife, Cornelia Paunescu, was a scientist and she lectured at over thirty international conventions. She was the only Romanian docent with a PhD in pediatric otolaryngology - that was her specialty. As a physician, she attended the Korean War [Ed. note: 25th June 1950-27th July 1953] against the Americans and was the personal physician of Kim Il Sung [Ed. note: (1912-1994), president of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea from 1948]. We went many places [together]: England, East Germany, Italy, Soviet Union, China, North Korea, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Turkey. We both retired in the same day, in 1973. My wife died in 2000.

Interview details

Interviewee: Gavril Marcuson
Interviewer:
Anca Ciuciu
Month of interview:
November
Year of interview:
2004
Bucharest, Romania

KEY PERSON

Gavril Marcuson
Year of birth:
1913
City of birth:
Bucharest
Country name at time of birth:
Romania
Occupation
before WW II:
University student
after WW II:
Working in the humanities
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Marcussohn
    Year of changing: 
    1968

Other Person

Cornelia Paunescu
Year of birth:
1911
City of birth:
Bucharest
Country name at time of birth:
Romania
Year of death:
2000
City of death:
Bucharest
Country of death:
Romania
Occupation
after WW II:
Teacher/Professor

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