Nicu Ceausescu had all the characteristics of a spoiled child. Although he did show early promise in mathematics, and his mother tried to encourage his interest in nuclear physics, he was too spoiled to stick with a subject for long. Ion Mihai Pacepa, the chronicler of the saga of the Ceausescus, mentioned several instances of Nicu's drunken escapades.
After the revolution of December 1989, Nicu Ceausescu was arrested, more to protect him from the crowd than to punish him. At his trial held in January 1990, he used his reputation as a permanently drunk man who had never really grown out of the mentality of his teens. He claimed that he was drunk when he ordered the secret police in Sibiu to fire on crowds and that when he sobered up he withdrew the order. By then, of course, many people were dead or wounded. He also stated that he had given up trying to stop his parents from taking their insane course. The court sentenced him to twenty years in jail, but his liver condition, the result of his alcoholism, landed him in a hospital at least for the time being.
Almond Mark, The Rise and Fall of Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu ( London, 1992); Behr Edward , Kiss the Hand You Cannot Bite ( New York, 1991); Pacepa Ion Mihai, Red Horizons ( New York, 1987).
Ceausescu, Valentin (1952- ). Valentin Ceausescu was educated in London at the Imperial College and received a BA degree there. He had the relatively best reputation within Romania of the Ceausescu family. A quiet, retiring man, he incurred his parents' displeasure because he showed no interest in politics. He professed to pursue his professional scientific interests with greater pleasure and he had shown little interest in the youth association of the Romanian Communist party, to whose leadership his mother tried to direct him. In addition, he married the daughter of a rival of his father, Iordana Borila, whose father was critical of the Ceausescu clan's policies.
Valentin found it difficult to escape his mother's ambitions for him. In November 1988, probably without his consent, he was added to the Central Committee of the Communist party. This was understood in December 1989, and Valentin was not prosecuted by the new government. Not surprisingly, he was the best-balanced member of the Ceausescu family. Although he was taken into protective custody in December 1989, together with his sister Zoia and younger brother Nicu, he was soon freed and is living quietly in Bucharest today.
Galloway George, Downfall: The Ceausescu and the Romanian Revolution ( London, 1991); Pacepa Ion Mihai, Red Horizons ( Washington DC, 1987); Ratesh Nestor, Romania: The Entangled Revolution ( Washington, DC, 1989).
Ceausescu, Zoia (?- ). Rumor has it that Zoia was an adopted daughter of the Ceausescus, but this has never been confirmed. She was a student of mathematics who had shown some promise. However, she had an unhappy private life and, like