Miklos Kallos

  • Photo taken in:
    Cluj Napoca
    Country name at time of photo:
    Romania (1947–1989)
    Country name today:
    Romania (1947–1989)

I was in the building of the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj Napoca in this photo. It must have been the middle of the 1970s, but I don’t know the precise date.

In 1948, I registered at the Bolyai University in Cluj Napoca. I studied Psychology for one year, after which I transferred myself to the Faculty of Philosophy.

I graduated in 1952. Concurrently, I was a student and a teacher: in the 2nd year, I became a tutor at the Philosophy Department. In the year of my graduation, I was already an assistant.

Then I went up the entire academic ladder. For a while, I was both the head of the Philosophy Department and the dean of the Faculty of Letters at the Bolyai University.

In 1959, the two universities were united and the result was the Babes-Bolyai University.

In 1959, he, Nicolae Ceausescu was sent - as the party's bully - to assure the unification of the Romanian and the Hungarian universities. It was no easy job.

He presided over the commission which came and achieved the unification.

There was a whole week of endless meetings: in the morning or in the afternoon; with the faculties or with the groups of students; with students or without students; plenary or open only to the teaching body etc.

Ceausescu was accompanied by the Minister of Education, logician and Academy member Joja. But the minister didn't say one word. It was Ceausescu who did the work, gave the orders and pulled the strings.

Since I had been the head of the Philosophy Department at the Bolyai University, I became, after the unification, the head of the Philosophy Department of the new Babes-Bolyai University.

They also appointed me assistant dean at the Faculty of History and Philosophy, an office which I kept till the late 1970s. In those days, the dean was Prof. Lascu.

Then I worked with Stefan Pascu and, later, with Camil Muresanu. I was a head of department until 1980.

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Interviewee: Miklos Kallos
Cosmina Paul
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Cluj-Napoca, Romania


Miklos Kallos
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USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education
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