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Victims of Communism — Memorial Foundation


The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is a U.S-based non-profit educational organization. The mission of The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is to educate this generation and future generations about the ideology, history, and legacy of communism. The foundation was established by an Act of Congress to build a memorial in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the more than 100 million victims of communism.


The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation has established a long-term action plan designed to memorialize, educate and document the grim legacy of communism around the world.

Phase 1: Memorializing the Victims

Our efforts to remember and honor the victims of communism worldwide were realized with the dedication of the Victims of Communism Memorial in Washington, DC on June 12, 2007. The dedication of the memorial is commemorated in June every year.

Visit the Victims of Communism Memorial in Washington, DC.

Phase 2: Educating the Public

Studies and surveys reveal an astounding public ignorance about communism worldwide. This is especially the case with younger people who have not been taught about communism. Building awareness of how communism victimized and enslaved many millions of people in the past and how its tyranny survives today.

Our project to educate this generation and future generations about communism utilizes the latest technologies to create an engaging online learning experience in a readily accessible medium and style.

An international portal was created on the internet to provide an online ‘meeting place’ for scholars, researchers, and activists to interact and build their knowledge and understanding of communism.

The online museum on communism launched on June 16, 2009.

Phase 3: Documenting the Evidence

Permanently recording the immense suffering inflicted upon millions of people by communism must be done. Although a great amount of extraordinary work has been conducted in locations around the world, much of the evidence is either eroding over time or is not accessible to the public. Our goal is to help connect and integrate these efforts before the evidence is lost forever.

There is no better way to accomplish this task than with the construction of a permanent International Museum on Communism in Washington DC.

Our museum will collect, warehouse, and permanently display the evidence and artifacts of the global communist system and its many crimes against humanity. The museum will bring to light the vast number of heroes and champions who successfully opposed, endured, and triumphed over the tyranny of communism, serving as an inspiration to future generations opposing totalitarianism.

Donate today to the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. Donations will benefit the construction of the planned International Museum on Communism.

Background & History

The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC) was established by unanimous act of Congress on December 17, 1993 and signed by President Bill Clinton (Public Law 103-199, Sec. 905). The act authorized VOC to construct, maintain, and operate in the District of Columbia an appropriate international memorial to honor the victims of communism. Today VOC carries on the original mission of ensuring that those victims are remembered and that the history of communist tyranny is known to future generations.