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Literaturgeschichte und Interkulturalität

Festschrift für Maria Sass

Edited By Doris Sava and Stefan Sienerth

Aus Anlass des doppelten Geburtstages – 50 Jahre Germanistik in Hermannstadt und 60. Geburtstag von Maria Sass, der langjährigen Leiterin dieses Lehrstuhls, – greifen die literaturhistorisch, kulturwissenschaftlich und interdisziplinär ausgerichteten Beiträge aus unterschiedlichen Perspektiven die Geschichte und Dokumentation der rumäniendeutschen und deutschen (Gegenwarts-)Literatur auf. Fragen der Rezeptionsgeschichte und der Wechselwirkungen im Bereich der Interkulturalität, der Literaturvermittlung und des deutsch-rumänischen Kulturaustausches bilden thematische Schwerpunkte des Studienbandes und stehen damit im Zeichen der Wahrung von Kontinuität und Konstanz der Hermannstädter Germanistik.

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Ovidiu Matiu: (German-Romanian) Writers and Politics: Wolf von Aichelburg and the Romanian “Securitate”

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Ovidiu Matiu

(German-Romanian) Writers and Politics: Wolf von Aichelburg and the Romanian “Securitate”

Abstract: This paper deals with the relation between the Romanian Securitate and the German-Romanian writers in Transylvania in the second-half of the twentieth century, before the end of the totalitarian regime, focusing on Wolf von Aichelburg’s activity as described in his personal Securitate files. Even though the CNSAS archive provides access to relevant documents of that era, the process of revealing pertinent information that could shed light on the connection between the so called “victim-collaborators” and the Securitate is extremely problematic and sometimes hindered by the very structure of the documents on file that are supposed to facilitate it. Thus, while there are documents which attest to Wolf von Aichelburg’s agreement to become a collaborator of the Romanian secret police, there is no evidence related to his work as an active “source” for the Securitate.

Keywords: Wolf von Aichelburg, Securitate, Transylvanian Saxons, German-Romanian writers

Most of the post-1989 literary criticism dedicated to the study of the works of German-Romanian writers has been constantly making direct or indirect reference to the Securitate (the Romanian secret police agency) archives held by Consiliul Naţional pentru Studierea Arhivelor Securităţii (CNSAS), i.e. the National Council for the Study of Securitate Archives. As valuable as biographical information derived from such sources might seem, in most cases, a thorough “scientific” analysis would have to cope with several issues related to the process of validating...

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