Category: How It Was Done

Back where it all happened. I had been the first journalist to get to the place of the Ceausescus’ deaths. It was the only execution of a European leader since the end of World War Two. But, 30 years later, questions remain about what really happened there.

25 December 2019 By Paul Martin

EXCLUSIVE: By Paul Martin in Targoviste, Romania. The bullet holes in the brown wall have only been partly patched up with white cement. I’m standing on the exact spot where the Ceausescus’s died – in the yard behind the Targoviste military barracks. It looks exactly the same thirty years later – just the trees seem […]

Thirty years ago the Velvet Revolution brought a playwright to power. Václav Havel continued (figuratively) to ‘stride the boards’ on a new stage. He was in a new real-life role: as his country’s anti-Communist pro-democracy President.

10 November 2019 By Paul Martin

By Paul Martin It was to be a strange but enlightening encounter. Our translator, our video cameraman, our producer and I had walked up a staircase to a nondescript apartment in a building close to the Vltava River in the centre of the Czech capital Prague.