are generally sad / They don't understand the world / And the world doesn't understand them
They love the world but don't understand it / The world loves them but doesn't understand them
Sometimes when they end up understanding the world they detest it
Other times when the world ends up understanding them it's too late
And so, you see, poets generally die sad"
mission of the Foundation is to preserve the memory of Gheorghe
Ursu, the Romanian engineer and poet murdered under torture
on November 17th, 1985, by Ceausescu's Security police ("Securitate").
He was killed for his anti-totalitarian thoughts and attitude, thus
becoming a symbol of that regime's victims.
The Foundation will press for a just resolution to the "Ursu Case", for an investigation aimed at bringing the
truth to light, leading to the punishment of the assassins and of those
who ordered the murder. The Foundation will create an endowment for
the fields of arts and letters, translated into awards and grants.
These awards will serve to sustain the spirit of freedom and tolerance,
in the same generous, multivalent and free spirit of the poet, as well
as to keep alive the awareness of the totalitarian oppression
during the past decades in Romania.
The Foundation will morally and materially support programs and efforts
that denounce the policy of force, the extremist ideology of both the
left and the right, the official corruption, the nationalist and chauvinist
demagogy, the falsification of history, the cover-up of the crimes of
Ceausescu's regime, and the perpetuation of the old Securitate influence
within the new power structure.
In essence, the mission of this Foundation, as Gheorghe Ursu himself
would have wished, is to contribute to the betterment of the spiritual
climate in Romania: through learning from history's lessons, through
encouraging an awareness of democratic principles, through promoting
decency and social civility, and through fostering education and art
as well as preserving the respect for the rights of all citizens. And
above all, the respect for the most precious of rights, the freedom
of the individual and of his thoughts.
The initial funds of the Foundation, have been created through contributions
from Gheorghe Ursu's friends and family, as well as through other persons
who are interested in keeping alive the memory of the martyred poet.
We invite everyone interested in contributing to contact the Foundation's
Any amount, however small, will be gratefully appreciated. Similarly
appreciated will be the non-financial show of support: any person who
is drawn to the Foundation's ideas and mission is invited to add his/her
name to the list of its supporters.
We consider - again in the spirit of Gheorghe Ursu, the man who had
an existence that was materially modest but very rich spiritually -
that a name associated with an idea constitutes a moral force, which
cannot be ignored.