From the interwar to the “Golden Age”. Social and political perceptions of a “frontier guard” from Năsăud (Simion Cismaş from Monor, Călindar 1937-1981)
Emilia Cismaş, From the interwar to the “Golden Age”. Social and political perceptions of a “frontier guard” from Năsăud (Simion Cismaş from Monor, Călindar 1937-1981)
The present article refers to the diary of a Romanian peasant with four primary classes from Monor, Bistrita County. Simion Cismaş is the author of a journal entitled Călindar, where he recorded, for almost 44 years (1937-1981), all the events that have marked his life, both his personal life and that of the community to which he belonged as well as national and world realities and where, by combining the three levels of family, nation and world, he has proven his ability to see the intrinsic link between them. Cismaş Simion’s Journal is a history of the many, forgotten or ignored, a history of Monor and the surrounding villages, presenting the people of Monor, and not only them, as participants in history and as part of it. It has a tremendous documentary value, as part of those fundamental reconstitutions completing the image of an epoch, and as a completion of historical studies, making them more vivid. History comes, thus, from its source, through those who live it and make it.
Keywords: Simion Cismaş, Călindar, Monor, Transylvanian history