“The Memory of the Romanian Elites” is the project I have been working at for a long time, out of the sheer desire to become acquainted with both the history of Romanian illustrious families and with the contemporary reality of these families. With the aid of an original tool, a questionnaire created by me, I started to look for the stories of the families and for fragments of history carried by the living descendants of the old Romanian elites or which can be discovered in the archives of these families.
In the interwar period, the writer Cezar Petrescu published Scrisorile unui răzeş [The Letters of a Moldavian Freeholder]. A century later, very few people know that Wallachia had, in the Middle Ages, the “moşneni”, the freeholders, free people, masters of their estates, who defended their country sword in hand, who cultivated the land and built churches and schools. Because the way I see the world is influenced by the fact that I descend from a family of freeholders and because I believe that we need to recover the freeholder’s spirit, I will, from time to time, publish my thoughts about everything that happens around us.
Members of the Romanian social elite, men and women, present themselves before our eyes and souls, sharing with us their testimonies about their lives during World War I. These testimonies were gathered by the author with lots of dedication and effort, thanks to his project, The Memory of the Romanian Elites. Diaries, memoirs, letters and photos, but also interviews with several descendants of the Romanian elite, who passed away, are the starting material for this moving book.