Romania opens museum on dictator's final moments

TARGOVISTE, Romania (AP) Romanian authorities have opened a museum in a military building where former Communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena were tried and executed for genocide during the country's 1989 revolt.

The museum in Targoviste, a town 80 kilometers (50 miles) northwest of Bucharest, where Ceausescu spent the last two days of his life, aims to show the dictator's final moments.

Ceausescu ruled Romania for 25 years with an iron fist. Visitors can see metal plates he and his wife ate on, the beds they slept in and a tiny improvised courtroom where they faced a hastily conducted trial. The place where they were fatally shot on Christmas Day, 1989, at 2.45 p.m. is also showcased for visitors.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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