Romania’s infamous dictator Ceausescu’s eldest son passport
This service passport was issued in 1993 and expired in 1998. The document shows no travels and was issued after the execution of his parents in 1989. A interesting travel document of Cold War times.
Valentin Ceaușescu (born 17 February 1948) is a Romanian physicist. He is the eldest and only surviving child of former communist President Nicolae Ceaușescu and his wife, Elena. Valentin Ceaușescu was born in Bucharest on 17 February 1948, less than two months after the establishment of the Romanian People’s Republic. His father, future dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu, was an active member of the Romanian Workers’ Party, earning himself various political and military positions; he was the country’s Minister of Agriculture at the time Valentin was born. His mother was Elena Ceaușescu (née Petrescu).
Unlike many other members of his family, including his younger brother, Nicu, Ceaușescu was not involved in politics. Attending the University of Bucharest, he completed his undergraduate degree in physics. In 1967, he decided to pursue further education by enrolling at Imperial College London in the United Kingdom. He played association football as a goalkeeper on a college team during his time at Imperial College.
In December 1989, during the Romanian Revolution, Ceaușescu was arrested, along with the other members of his family. Known worldwide for their extravagant lifestyle, they were accused of undermining the economy of Romania. Valentin, himself, is said to have had a position managing the Steaua București football club. He reported that he had watched the trial of his parents on television while he was under arrest.
Ceaușescu was freed from prison nine months later, after no charges were brought against him. During that time, his collection of 50 paintings by Romanian masters, engravings by Francisco Goya, and hundreds of rare books were confiscated. When he asked for restitution, the Romanian authorities argued that there are no documents which prove that he is the owner, and that the art collection belonged to the Romanian state, which promptly donated them to the National Museum of Art. Ceaușescu sued the government for restitution. The courts found in favour of Ceaușescu in 2009, and ordered the museum to return forty pictures. Most of the works were collected by him and his former wife personally.