Romania’s Stalinist tyrant, Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej (born November 8, 1901-died March 19, 1965). As ruthless as Matyas Rakosi, as fanatic as Ulbricht, but more perfidious. Not a Comintern hand, he was the true proletarian Stalin really trusted. And he remained loyal to Stalin even after Nikita Khrushchev’s “Secret Speech” in February 1956. Thus national Stalinism was born: preserving Stalinist institutions and methods, defying Soviet domination, especially when the USSR moved towards reforms. Nicolae Ceausescu was the ultimate, most arduous national Stalinist.