Considerations on the involvement of personalities and cultural societies of Hunedoara County to maintain the Romanian language in administration and schools in 1860-1918
Autor: Roxana Gabriela Nicola
The first component of the spiritual life of any nation is its language. The fight for the native language, in order to preserve its original character and to preserve his cultural creative function, was in Transylvania more fierce than in any of the other Romanian provinces, being given the denationalization policy aggressively pursued by the Austro-Hungarian authorities throughout the second half of nineteenth century and first decades of the twentieth century. Romanians here have always considered, their language as the most powerful shield of their nationality. So, there were many times when representatives of the Romanian nation stood with firmness in defending the Romanian language and its use in administration and schools. In the documents kept at the National Archives of the Hunedoara County there are examples of political leaders, priests, teachers in villages in Hunedoara but also members of cultural societies, which not only expressed their love of language, but also supported it.
The forced Hungarization plans of the Romanians in Transylvania, was foiled, however, by the act of 1918. If the Great Union hasn’t found the Romanian language with irreparable consequences, that is due, above all for the love of those who spoke it forced.