When Nicolae Ceauşescu and his wife Elena were led into a courtyard to be shot by their own soldiery they were dazed and confused. This was a man who, hitherto had cultivated a strong personality cult. There are stories of him wearing a brand new suit every day and being presented with drugged deer to shoot whilst out "hunting". These men are surrounded by sycophants because they have their opponents "taken care of".
The Romanian leader's last thoughts were probably ones of astonishment: how could these people who loved him as a father, who lauded and honoured him as he walked abroad, how could these people have changed their minds?
It was a time of fantastic change. 1989 was also the year the Wall came down. Vaclav Havel ceased to become a fugitive and became instead the President of the Czech Republic. A truly heroic man, Mikhail Gorbachev had effectively set Eastern Europe free.