Chairman of the Romanian Society of Pneumatology Dr Florin Mihaltan says a Colectiv memorial should ”immortalise the painful truths about a country where postponed legislative correction has turned into suffering.”
In his opinion, the memorial should be created at the scene of the tragedy and the Government has a moral and financial duty to contribute toward designing the space, while NGOs may come up with ideas for its structuring.
AGERPRES: What do you think about the creation of a Colectiv Memorial, as a symbol against forgetting?
Dr Florin Mihaltan: A Colectiv memorial is and should be an immortalisation of painful truths about a country where postponed legislative corrections turn into suffering, a prolonged echo of what should be done for the newer generations not to suffer any more.
AGERPRES: How do you envision this Colectiv Memorial? Should it be built at the site of the tragedy or elsewhere?
Dr Florin Mihaltan: The scene of the tragedy is a place for permanent pilgrimage. I do not think another location would be needed. The club still keeps alive the moments when relaxation and joy turned into a nightmare that could have been avoided.
AGERPRES: Given the situation of the space where Colectiv Club operated, who and to what extent should handle the design and building of a Colectiv Memorial, including finding the necessary financial resources: the Romanian state or the NGOs?
Dr Florin Mihaltan: I think the Romanian state has a moral and financial duty for the design of the space. NGOs can also contribute ideas about how the space will be structured.
AGERPRES: What motto do you think should define this Memorial?
Dr Florin Mihaltan: ”Pain Begets Hope,” ”This Flame Has not Burned in Vain,” ”We Have Burned an Evil to Beget Hope.’
AGERPRES: What do you think should be the most important lesson for those who visit the Colectiv Memorial?
Dr Florin Mihaltan: Let us no longer uselessly sacrifice our generations by accepting the promotion of incompetence, shallowness and corruption. More…