Saturday, December 09, 2017

Excerpt From MEMOIRS OF A Transylvanian Expat

Olga Magdalena Lazín,

I was born in stupendous and pristine region of Transylvania, North Western Romania, in a town called “Big Village” on the Hungarian border. 
At age three, my mother was transferred by her employer (The
Logging Company) from SM to Sighet, in Maramures County. Thus, my
parents and I moved to the isolated Transylvanian town of Sighet, where  I grew up like Alice in Wooden Wonderland County, full of forests and rolling valleys.
    On the one hand I was friends with the
children of intellectuals, as well as also lovely Romanian, Hungarian, and Gipsy
children to whom I taught the Romanian language, as early as the first and
second grade. Later I started teaching them English in High School.
    On the other hand, my family had a difficult life because my parents were always working until late hours at night.
My younger brother Alex and I read while waiting for mother, Magdalena, to arrive and eventually turn off the lights. she continued her accounting til late past midnight on counting the logs exported to the russians, within this socialist COMECOM trade agreement between Ceausescu dictator, and Gorbachev, the leader of the USSR in the 1970s.


Olga and Jim, Guadalajara, Mexico,                        International Airport,
December 7, 2016

Dr Olga Essential Oils :
Sole Owner

January 2017

is the non-modern spelling of the name.

[3] As in the case of Oceania always being threatened by
eternal war alternating between Eurasia or
Eastasia, portrayed in George Orwell’s 1984  (1948).
Cf. my article “Orwell’s 1984 and
the Case Studies of Stalin and Ceausescu,”
in Elitelore Varieties (Edited by James Wilkie et al.):

(Council for Mutual Economic Assistance) dates from the January 1949
communiqué agreed upon in Moscow by the USSR (including  its 15 Constituent Republics of 
Armenia, Azerbaijan,
Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,
Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova,
Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan)
and its five “Independent” Satellite Republics (Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia,
Hungary, Poland, and Romania. The communiqué involved the refusal of all these
countries to "subordinate themselves to the dictates of the Marshall
Plan.”  Thus, they organized an “economic
cooperation” among  these “new peoples’
democracies.” (USSR born 1922, died 1991). Cf.:

[5] This
Empire existed between 1867 and 1918.

[6] Upon Ceausescu’s
death, the Patriarch Pipas mysteriously became the Museum’s “owner” and then
transferred title to his son Valerian Pipas, the region’s most famous violinist

[7] “Czechia” is rarely used in English because native
English speakers too often do not know
intuitively know how to pronounce it. The name Czechia has
arisen as the short name for the Czech Republic, which emerged with the breakup
of “Czechoslovakia” in 1992. 

[8] Jim soon arranged for the contract to by paid from his
grant funds from U.S. foundations deposited for his projects at

See (A) my 2001 Decentralized
Globalization: Free Markets, U.S. Foundations, and the Rise of Civil and Civic
Society from Rockefeller’s Rise in Latin America to Soros’ Eastern Europe
Angeles: UCLA Classic Doctoral
Thesis) at 
(B) Olga Magdalena Lazín, La Globalización Se Descentraliza: Libre Mercado, Fundaciones,
Sociedad Cívica y Gobierno Civil en las Regiones del Mundo,
Prólogo, pp.
15-166, por James W. Wilkie (Guadalajara
y Los Ángeles: Universidad de Guadalajara, UCLA Program on Mexico, PROFMEX/World,
Casa Juan Pablos Centro Cultural, 2007).
James W. Wilkie y Olga Magdalena Lazín, La globalización Se Amplia: Claroscuros
de los Nexos Globales  (Guadalajara, Los
Ángeles, México: Universidad de Guadalajara, UCLA Program on Mexico,
PROFMEX/World, Casa Juan Pablos Centro Cultural, 2011:

Readers should be aware of a key
acronym used when this paper reaches the 1990s: NPPO stands for Not-for-Private
Profit Organization
(usually a Foundation) which can differs from the more
familiar (Non-Profit Organization (NPO).
Outside the United States, the latter term tends to be wrongly understood to
mean no profit be accumulated and the NPO must show a zero balance at year end.
The former term (NPPO) is developed here to stress that profits may be
accumulated and invested to fund future activities, as long as expenditures do
not benefit private parties (except for salaries, travel, and other justified
expenses as provided in, say, a Foundation’s by-laws.)

[11] Mexico’s National Lottery is
a Government-run Public Charity and funder of new research.

[12] The Lottery grants to PROFMEX totaled $100,000 dollars.

[13] Jim Wilkie’s statement here is quoted from my formal
Interview with him, September 17, 1992, in Transylvania, based upon his
experience as Consultant to the U.S. Council on Foundations. See:
Olga Magdalena Lazín, Decentralized Globalization: Free Markets,
U.S. Foundations and the Rise of Civil and Civic Society
From Rockefeller’s Latin America To Soros’ Eastern Europe
(Los Angeles: UCLA, Classic PHD thesis, 2001), pp. 122-125. This book was
published in 2016 by PROFMEX, and it can be read freely at

“Equivalent,” as Jim noted, means that the foreign NPPO meets (A) the test of
funding at least one of the following goals” for types of projects supported Health-Education-Welfare-Human
Rights-Science and Religion-Economy-Environment-Ecology-Publication-Literature-Charity
and (B) meets the test that no part of the foreign NPPOs expenditures benefit
private persons-- except for payment of reasonable expenses to cover salaries,
services, and goods needed by the NPPO to legitimately conduct the operations
chartered in its Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws.

by NGO Civic Activists in each country but reporting to Soros Foundation/New
York City to justify each yearly budget.

[16] The Soros Open Society Foundations in 44 countries
benefit from the fact that Soros himself has lived up to his commitment
since1986 (to 2016 and ongoing) to donate half of his profits ($13 billon) for
their activities, his personal wealth in 2016 estimated to be $25 billion. See
for the details of Soros $930.7 million dollar Open Society Foundations 2016 Budget, which can be found by
searching online for this title.

[18] Ibid.

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