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GHEORGHIU, Stefan 1879-1914
short biography of writer and revolutionary syndicalist from Romania, Stefan Gheorghiu.
Article published on 5 April 2012
last modification on 4 April 2012

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On the 19th of March 1914, at the Filaret hospital in Bucharest, the writer and revolutionary unionist Stefan Gheorgiu died at the age of 35.

”The bad things we suffer from, will not be removed by those above us, but by our will, strength and determination”– Stefan Gheorghiu.

Ștefan Gheorghiu was born on 15th of January 1879 in a family of workers in the city of Ploiești, Romania. His father was a carpenter and his mother a factory worker. Even since childhood he had a profound feeling of justice which didn’t allow him to tolerate social differences. His desire for knowledge was tremendous. He was very interested about the ”hajduks” tales, the thieves of Romania, who stole from the rich to give to the poor and because of the persecution by the police, had to retreat and live in the woodlands. Nevertheless, Ștefan Gheorghiu arrived at the front in the worker’s movement of Romania. At the age of 14 he began his apprenticeship as a carpenter, where he quickly came in contact with unionist and anarchist literature and other socialist works. The ideas developed from these works met with his own aspirations, and together with the social reality of the workers, formed the key element in the agitation and clarification of this skillful and assertive unionist militant.

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