The execution of Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife told us little about Romania's tragedy. But later I found babies who had AIDS due to blood transfusions. Thousands of children had been abandoned. In a former military hospital the inmates, some of them former dissidents, had various forms of mental illness. There was no treatment and they had begun to burn the window frames for heating. At the leper colony on the Danube Delta the residents were old people who had been banished in their youth. These images of avoidable tragedy were published round the world. The Guardian called them a portrait of the Auschwitz of the 1990s.