Why Victims of Communism?
The Berlin Wall fell, but communism didn’t. One hundred years after the Bolshevik Revolution, one-fifth of the world’s population still lives under single-party communist regimes in China, Cuba, Laos, North Korea, and Vietnam. Communist regimes commit the worst and widest-scale human rights abuses on the planet.
We envision a world free from the false hope of communism.
Our mission is to educate this generation and future generations about the ideology, history, and legacy of communism.
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC) is a Washington, DC-based educational and human rights nonprofit 501c3 foundation devoted to commemorating the more than 100 million victims of communism around the world and to the freedom of those still living under totalitarian regimes.
VOC was authorized by a unanimous act of Congress, which was signed by President Bill Clinton on December 17, 1993. VOC incorporated in 1994. Since then, its historical research, policy analysis, educational programs, and commitment to remembering every victim of communism have been praised internationally.
VOC raised private funds and built the Victims of Communism Memorial in Washington, DC. It is the only memorial in the world commemorating every victim of communism, and was dedicated by President George W. Bush on June 12, 2007.
The Human Cost
Communism promises to make everyone equal, but delivers radical inequality. Every time it’s tried, it ends in economic collapse or a police state.
From the famines, purges, and gulags of Soviet Russia to Mao’s Great Leap Forward and the Killing Fields of the Khmer Rouge—from the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre to the Castro regime’s 2012 murder of Oswaldo Payá—communists have killed more than 100 million people. Countless more suffered and suffer still.
In China today, 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo is a political prisoner. His crime: calling for reforms to China’s single-party communist rule. In Cuba in 2015, Sirley Ávila León was machete-attacked by a paroled criminal sent by state security services. Her crime: trying to re-open the school in her village.
Memory Against Forgetting
Shamefully, the free world never demanded a moral reckoning for the crimes of communist regimes. Those witnesses with a living memory of 20th century communism are passing away. And an entire generation of Americans is open to collectivist ideas because they don’t know the truth.
We tell the truth about communism because our vision is for a world free from the false hope of communism.