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THE ORAL HISTORY PROJECT OF THE ROMANIAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE CENTER

Oral history is a method of gathering and preserving historical information through recorded interviews or written answers to a questionnaire, with or from participants in past events and ways of life. It is an old type of collecting historical information and in certain ways predates the „classical“ ways of collecting historical data.An oral history doesen’t have to be long. The main goal of such a history is to present, from the point of view of the narrator, a certain historical period, event or way of life. An oral history is not about accuracy or the precision of the information contained in it but about the atmosphere and the subjective feelings of the narrator. In certain ways, oral histories could be compared with memoirs. The difference being that an oral history is collected not from a „mover and shaker“ but from an anonymous participant.

An oral history is the story of an individual’s life – life with its experiences in a certain place and at a certain time. It refers to the memories (many times hazy or embellished) of an individual regarding past events and the way he recorded them. It should not surprise that many times oral histories „contradict“ themselves. Those are very subjective sources of information, and they can be used only in connection with historical documents. It should always be remembered that the value of the oral histories is not about their accuracy, but about human feelings.>>>>>Alexandru Nemoianu

Iunie 6, 2007 at 1:06 am

GOOD NEWS!

From March, 2007 most of the „Information Bulletin“ as well as information regarding the activities of the „Romanian-American Heritage Center“ are available on line at: https://studiiromanoamericane.wordpress.comThe edition on-line was made possible through an agreement between the „Asociaţia Română pentru Patrimoniu“, Romania, (Romanian Association for Patrimony) and the Heritage Center. The cost of the on line edition is supported entirely, in a most generous manner, by the „Asociaţia pentru Patrimoniu.“

In this way the content of the Bulletin and the activities of the Heritage Center will have a much larger audience.We are grateful to the „Asociaţia pentru Patrimoniu“ for its generous help. In the context it also proper to mention that in 2006 the Heritage Center and its President, Archdeacon David M. Oancea, was the recipient of one of the „Premium of Excellency“ issued by the „Asociaţia pentru Patrimoniu.“

Iunie 6, 2007 at 12:23 am

TRAIAN LASCU : ” MEMORIES „

New World Here I Come

 

After wandering through Czechoslovakia, Germany and France for three years as a refugee, during which I did day labor, coal mining, iron work and dish washing in Paris, and tired of the catch 22 conundrum where you could not get a job in Paris unless you had residency in Paris, and you could not get residency in Paris unless you had a job in Paris, I decided to accept my cousin George Ulita’s offer to emigrate to Canada. George emigrated ahead of me to Canada and was now willing to sponsor me.But the Canadians were taking then-sweet little time with the visa. Tired of waiting six months for it, I decided to apply for immigration to Brazil, where I was accepted immediately and scheduled to embark for Brazil two weeks later. Fortunately for me, a week before embarking for Brazil I received word from the Canadian Legation in Paris that my visa had arrived.I chose Canada over Brazil and three weeks later I embarked in Le Havre on December 14, 1951 upon HMS Scythia, a small Cunard transatlantic ship of only 17,000 tons. Things went well for the first two days until the ship met a violent Atlantic storm that practically stopped the ship in its tracks. The storm was so bad that the HMS Mary, the 80,000 ton transatlantic ship, was held back in port for two days before starting on its crossing. There were days when our little ship made no headway at all, with the propellers frequently out of the water. It took our little ship 10 days to make the crossing she usually made in five days. Many people became sick of the violent storm, but myself, who had never been on a ship before, had no problems with sea sickness, and was one of the few passengers still showing up at meal times. There was so much food that>>>>>
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Photo – In Paris, in 1950 with cousins George Ulita and George Andrei, in American uniform

Iunie 6, 2007 at 12:23 am

LETTERS TO EDITOR

~ Pat | olavi@hummingbirdwireless.ca I am trying to trace my family tree. I know my Dad was born in Dahinda, Sask in 1916 from Romanian immigrants. I also remember many times he told us that the church had burned down and all the records lost. Is it possible this is the church he would have referred to. He is deceased as well as all the rest of my family except one younger brother. I am stuck with his parent’s names only. Is there any other resource you could recommend for me to pursue in my quest. When did this fire happen? Are there any photos of the old church and where on a map could I find this church to see how close it might be to Dahinda. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated. Thanks.

~ Peter Szabo | peter.szabo@yahoo.ca I’m looking for a good friend caled Musat Iuliu who was living in Sf-Gheorrge, Romania a few years ago. Last time i met them was about 3 to 4 years ago. Last year I was there and could’t find trace of the Musat Iuliu family. I tryed to call his office and home number and I was told that it is no longer in service.
Do you have any info on them?
I would much apreciated

Iunie 6, 2007 at 12:21 am

Bishop VALERIAN D. TRIFA : ” THE ORTHODOX CHURCH TODAY – 1964 „

The downfall of the Czarist regime in Russia, in 1917, provoked a spontaneous movement to restore the Patriarchate. A Sobor of Bishops elected a Patriarch in the person of Tikhon and abolished the „Holy Governing Synod“ of the Czars. However, this could not bring the Patriarchate to its old glory, because one year later, the Soviet regime took over, and one of the first acts of the new government was to enact legislation separating the Church from the State and proclaiming the atheistic policy of the new regime. Ecclesiastical properties were nationalized, clergy were deprived of livelihood, churches were closed, teaching of religion was prohibited and Patriarch Tikhon was arrested. From now, the greatest persecution against the Orthodox Church in modern times began. The powerful Communist party in Russia set as its goal the liquidation of religions, and particularly, the Orthodox Church. For twenty years, the Russian Orthodox Church suffered martyrdom.

In spite of all this, it seems that Orthodoxy remained in many hearts, and the Soviet government itself recognized this. Under the pressure of the Second World War necessities, the open persecution of the Church stopped.

In 1943, with the approval of Joseph Stalin, a national council of the Orthodox Church was called and Metropolitan Sergei was chosen Patriarch.Two years later, after Patriarch Sergei’s death, the present Patriarch Alexei took office. In 1945, the Orthodox Church was recognized as a religious corporation with the privilege to worship under the control of the government. Some of the theological>>>>>>

Iunie 6, 2007 at 12:21 am

Rev. Hieromonk CALINIC ( BERGER ) : ” THE CONQUEROR OF DEATH „

Before the spectacular miracle of the resurrection of Lazarus, a man become a four-day stinking corpse, Jesus wept. Patristic writers, such as St. Cyril of Alexandria, point out that He wept as a man – to show that He was truly human – but it could also be said that He wept as God.

God did not create death. Death is not what was meant to be. Man chose death for himself when he decided to seek life and ultimate meaning in created, earthly things, taking them as his goal and source, instead of a means to his Goal and Source of life. Because of this, death has become the ultimate fundamental of human existence. All we do, all of our hard work, all the talents we labor so hard to acquire, all achievements, ranks and goals, are made vanity by death. All is lost in death. Death is the limit, the boundary, of human life.

It is for this reason that monastiteacher. God’s decrees are irreversible, and death is the great didactic given to us to show us that this world is not the source of our life and meaning. God is the source of our life and meaning. It could even be said that the way to judge the depth or seriousness of a philosophy is to examine its treatment of death. Does death have meaning, or destroy all meaning?Christianity confronts death directly and does not „sugar-coat“ it -in other words, we do not say that death is „natural,“ or just another of life’s passages. True, it is one of life’s passages, but it is not „natural.“ Christianity calls death what it is: a tragedy, a scandal and an outrage. How could it be otherwise? No matter>>>>>>

Iunie 6, 2007 at 12:20 am

A.S. LUCACIU : ” OUR FRIEND IGRISAN IS ASLEEP „

Rev. C.R. Igrisan, organizer of the First Romanian Baptist Church in America, the church in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the first president of The Romanian Baptist Association in America, is asleep. After 76 years of a fruitful life, useful for the nation and for the Kingdom of God, a life full of good acts, he is asleep with the Lord. Therefore, we say like St. John: „We’ll be happy, from now to eternity the people who have died with God. Yes, Joy in the Holy Spirit and they will be rested after their labors, because their actions will come after them.“ (Apos. 16:13).

The Rev. C.R. Igrisan was born on March 23, 1872 in the village of Pecica, Jud. Arad, Romania. He went to Heaven, he was asleep with the Lord Sunday evening, January 11, 1968 at 9:30 p.m. He was married to his wife, Floarea, in 1895 and they were happy together for 37 years, until 1932, when God called her. During these happy years. God blessed then: with a nice family: 6 sons and 3 daughters. All are alive except Florita, the youngest daughter who went to heaven when she was 18 years old.
In 1898 (50 years ago) our brother Igrisan, was happy to learn of the Baptist Church in his native village, where he heard the word of God preached. He believed the Lord’s word and shortly because of his faith in Jesus Christ, he was baptized. At the same time of his conversion he heard the calling of God: „Who will go for us? We need somebody to send there.“ And he answered: „I can go, send me.“ And after that he began to say to anybody, with a great pleasure, how many things God did for him, and how much God loved him.
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Iunie 6, 2007 at 12:20 am

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În anii şaizeci şi şaptezeci ai veacului al XX-lea în cultura americană a intervenit o schimbare privind modul de înţelegere a căii prin care s-a alcătuit şi se alcătuieşte naţiunea americană.Conceptul „furnalului“ american (după care toţi cei veniţi în Lumea Nouă s-ar contopi într-o nouă entitate) a fost înlocuit cu o mult mai convingatoare şi înţeleaptă concepţie. Această concepţie afirmă că fiecare grup etnic şi-a adus şi îşi aduce contribuţia la a face America mai diversă, mai frumoasă şi mai puternică. >>>>>Alexandru Nemoianu

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INFORMATION BULLETIN EDITORIAL COMMITTEE : Most Rev. Archbishop Nathaniel , Chairman * Alexandru Nemoianu, Editor * Members : Archdeacon David Oancea * Hieromonk Calinic Berger, PhD. * Contributors : Joanne Bock , Ph.D . , Gh . I . Florescu , Ph.D ., Rev . Dr . Remus Grama , Traian Lascu , Alexandra Roceric Ph .D . , Aurel Sasu, Ph . D . , Rev . Dr . Cornel Todeasa OFFICERS : Most Rev . Archbishop Nathaniel , Chairman * Archdeacon David Oancea , President * Hierodeacon Calinic Berger, Ph.D. Vice President * Rev. Dr. Remus Grama , Vice President * Larissa Nemoianu, Secretary * Alexandru Nemoianu , Treastirer MEMBERS : Petru Lupsor , Mary Lynn Pac-Urar ( Legal Advisor ) , Alexandru Nemoianu , Secretary Resident Hislorian TRUSTEES : Most Rev . Archbishop Nathaniel * Hierodeacon Calinic Berger, Rev. Dr. Remus Grama, V . Rev . Fr . Laurence Lazar , Petru Lupsor , Alexandru Nemoianu , Larissa Nemoianu , Archdeacon David Oancea , Mary Lynn Pac-Urar , Armand Scala ________________________ * Continutul articolelor si studiilor publicate In "Buletinul Informativ " (inclusiv in editia on-line) este expresia opiniilor autorilor acestora si nu a Comitetului Editorial sau a "Romanian - American Heritage Center " ________________________ ____________________________

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