Dinu Zamfirescu (b. 26 June 1929 in Bucharest) became a victim of the communist regime after the takeover of power. He was detained on political grounds several times and expelled from the Faculties of both Law and History, where he was a student at the end of the 1940s. He was permitted to re-enroll and complete his law studies only in 1973. In Romania, he was unable to work in the field of his studies, being considered an "enemy of the people." For this reason he worked for many years until the 1970s on construction sites in Romania. Later, he joined the Pasteur Institute in Bucharest. In 1975 he settled in France after being bought by a sister who had settled there. In Paris he was actively involved in the organisation and activity of the Romanian exile community and worked as a BBC journalist. After the collapse of the communist regime in Romania, he returned to the country. He was one of the founders of one of the historical Romanian democratic parties, forbidden by the Communists, the National Liberal Party. He was among the founders of the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile, which he headed, and he is currently a member of its Scientific Council. Since 2012 he has been a member of the Collegium of the National Council for the Study of the Securitate Archives.
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- Opriș, Andreea Iustina
Zamfirescu, Dinu, interview by Opriș, Andreea Iustina, Petrescu, Cristina, June 05, 2018. COURAGE Registry Oral History Collection