The Execution of the Ceauşescus

On December 25th 1989, Nicolae and Elena Ceauşescu were executed by firing squad.

It was the end of one of the most repressive regimes in former communist eastern Europe.

Petre Roman took part in the revolution that overthrew the Ceauşescus and became the country's first democratic prime minister.

Photo: Nicolae Ceauşescu shortly before his execution.

Available now

10 minutes

Last on

Boxing Day 2012 03:50 GMT

Featured in...

Ten Stories Told Through Animation

Take 10: Animations That Bring Radio to Life

From life as a child soldier to a grizzly bear with a fondness for wine.

Great Sporting Moments in Olympic History

Great Sporting Moments in Olympic History

Stories of endurance, world records and remarkable athletes

The Witness Podcast

The Witness Podcast

Every programme, to download and keep

African History Collection

Thomas Sankara African Revolutionary

The communities, politics, leaders and events that have shaped Africa

Music History Collection

Music Collection

People, events and music through history

Witness - Archive Collections

The first woman in space

Women's, Cuban, African, WW2, Vietnam, Indian, Black histories