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Children of Monsters: Getting to Know the Sons and Daughters of Dictators, with Jay Nordlinger (October 6, 2015)

Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation and the National Review Institute hosted an evening exploring the themes of Jay Nordlinger’s new book, Children of Monsters: An Inquiry into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators. The event took place on Tuesday, October 6, in the Burke Theater at the U.S. Navy Memorial. Discussion was moderated by VOC Executive Director Marion […]

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Interfaith Ceremony Commemorating the Vietnamese Victims of Communism (August 29, 2015)

VOC joined representatives of the Vietnamese American community on Saturday, August 29th for the first annual interfaith ceremony to commemorate the millions of Vietnamese victims of communism. The ceremony took place at 6:00 pm at the Victims of Communism Memorial. Since communism took over, Vietnam has fought four wars, was subjected to a devastating land reform program that […]

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Black Ribbon Day Commemoration (August 23, 2015)

VOC joined representatives from the Baltic embassies at the Victims of Communism Memorial on Sunday, August 23rd for a public wreath-laying ceremony and commemoration of Black Ribbon Day. August 23rd, 2015 marked the 76th Anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, which divided Europe between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union and sparked World War II.  On August 23rd in 1939, the Soviet Union […]

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“New Hope” Vigil and Hunger Strike for Vietnam (July 24, 2015 – July 25, 2015)

Washington, DC.- In conjunction with a worldwide movement in support of Vietnamese prisoners of conscience still lingering in communist jails in Vietnam, a group of young volunteers in the Washington metropolitan area will hold a vigil and hunger strike going from 6 p.m. July 24, 2015, until 6 a.m. July 25, 2015, at the Victims […]

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8th Annual Roll Call of Nations Wreath Laying Ceremony & Presentation of the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom (June 12, 2015)

In June of 2007, President George W. Bush dedicated our Victims of Communism Memorial, the only memorial in the world dedicated to every single victim. President Bush said, We have an obligation to future generations to record the crimes of the 20th century and make sure they’re never repeated. In this hallowed place we recall the […]

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Panel Discussion, Witness Project Screening, and Reception (June 11, 2015)

A panel with leading academics from the United States and Europe discussed the reality of life under communist rule throughout the Soviet Union and what living within the “Soviet sphere” meant for populations of the Captive Nations of Europe in the years between 1945 to 1989. Panelists also discussed how the history of Soviet rule is being contested in modern […]

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Tiananmen Square commemorative ceremony (June 4, 2015)

Twenty-six years ago this Thursday, peaceful student protestors in China’s Tiananmen Square were murdered by their own government, shot by soldiers or rolled under the tread of PLA tanks. The papier-maché “Goddess of Democracy” statue that the protestors erected over the course of those fateful days stands today in bronze at the Victims of Communism Memorial, […]

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Chinese Politics in the Era of Xi Jinping: Renaissance, Reform, or Retrogression? (May 21, 2015)

Veteran Sinologist Willy Lam, who has just published Chinese Politics in the Era of Xi Jinping (Routledge, 2015), talked about the career, ideology and statecraft of the Fifth-Generation leader. Lam addressed President Xi Jinping’s ultra-conservative strategy to perpetuate the Chinese Communist Party’s “perennial ruling party” status – and how the 62-year-old princeling could emerge as […]

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American Cold War Veterans Memorial Service (April 30, 2015)

Join us as we commemorate the service and sacrifice of the American Cold War veterans with a ceremony at the Victims of Communism Memorial. Remarks by Marion Smith, Executive Director of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, and Rev. Charles Nalls of the American Cold War Veterans Association.

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Conference: 10th Interethnic/Interfaith Leadership Conference (April 27, 2015 – April 30, 2015)

VOC Executive Director Marion Smith spoke on a panel at 3:40 PM on Tuesday, April 28th on the topic of “Hurdles to Foreign Understanding of China Today.” Other conference panelists […]

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Vigil and Commemoration of 1949 Soviet Mass Deportations of the Baltics (March 25, 2015)

Under Soviet rule, mass deportations displaced thousands of men, women, and children across the Baltic states. One of the largest deportations–on 25 March, 1949–saw some 20,000 Estonians exiled from their home country. Join us as we honor and remember the innocent citizens of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania who were arrested and deported to the Soviet Union in […]

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Film Screening: The Lives of Others (January 29, 2015)

Join us for an exclusive screening of the Academy Award winning German drama “The Lives of Others” about the monitoring of residents of East Berlin by agents of the Stasi. In the early 1980s, a successful playwright and his lover, a popular actress, were esteemed among the elite  in East Germany, although they secretly don’t […]

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Pursuing Freedom and Democracy: Lessons from the Fall of the Berlin Wall (November 7, 2014)

On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell. Two years later, the Soviet Union collapsed and the Cold War came to an end. At stake during this war, which encompassed almost every nation, was whether the world would be dominated by the forces of totalitarianism led by the Soviet Union or inspired by the principles […]

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Film Screening: Soviet Story (October 30, 2014)

Join us for an exclusive screening of the award-winning documentary “Soviet Story,” which tells the story of Soviet-German collaboration and explores the legacy of communist crimes. Drawing from archival material and in-depth interviews, the film looks at Ukraine’s Great Famine, the Katyn massacre of 1940, GULAG medical experiments, Soviet mass deportations, and more. The film […]

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Film Screening: Messenger of the Truth (September 16, 2014)

An exclusive screening of the award-winning documentary “Messenger of the Truth,” which tells the story of Father Jerzy Popieluszko, the Roman Catholic priest martyred by the Polish Communists for advocating freedom of religion and political reform. By serving as chaplain to the fledging Solidarity Movement, Fr. Jerzy helped to crystalize the anti-communist […]

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Black Ribbon Day (August 23, 2014)

Commemorating 75 years since the infamous Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact…

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Capitol View Reception (June 11, 2014)

With remarks by: The Honorable Mario Díaz-Balart Florida’s 25th Congressional District JinHye Jo Refugee from North Korea and human rights advocate Liliia Muslimova Advisor to Mustafa Dzhemilev and spokeswoman for the…

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Iron Curtain Falling: The History and Legacy of Communism in Europe (June 11, 2014)

A panel with leading academics from America and Europe discussed the experiences of those living under communism during the 1989 reunification of Europe. Panelists will also discuss the legacy of…

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20th Anniversary Memorial Ceremony (June 11, 2014)

Every year on the anniversary of the dedication of the VOC Memorial, many embassies, dignitaries, human rights organizations, and private individuals lay wreaths during the Roll Call of Nations. It is a…

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American Cold War Veterans Wreath-laying Ceremony (June 6, 2014)

The American Cold War Veterans held a wreath-laying ceremony at the Victims of Communism Memorial in honor of those who served and died during the Cold War. The sacrifice and service…

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Candlelight Vigil in Memory of Tiananmen Square (June 1, 2014)

CSS joined the Initiatives for China for a solemn candlelight vigil to honor those who died twenty-five years ago at the Tiananmen Square protests. The vigil featured reflections by some who…

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