Victims of Communism — Memorial Foundation

Legacy of Communism

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Communism’s Crimes Against Humanity

In October 1917, the Bolshevik Revolution gave birth to the deadliest ideology in history – Communism. In less than 100 years, Communism has claimed more than 100 million victims. Today, it continues to rule one-fifth of the world’s people.

Thanks to the efforts of The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation and its supporters the United States now has a memorial to commemorate these victims. This is fitting since the U.S. has been communism’s greatest challenger. Dedicated on June 12, 2007 by President George W. Bush, The Victims of Communism Memorial stands on on Massachusetts Avenue near the U.S. Capitol building. It is an enduring reminder of the horrific legacy of totalitarianism.

Never Forget

A free people cannot afford to forget the evils and the costs of Communism. We must no allow the atrocities of Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Ho Chi Minh, and Castro to fade into the background of history. We must not forget the trail of blood and tears this utopian deception has left behind. How:

  • The Bolsheviks murdered their way into power…
  • Lenin destroyed hundreds of thousands of Cossacks…
  • The Kremlin starved to death more than six million in Ukraine…
  • Mao murdered tens of millions of Chinese peasants during his “Great Leap Forward”…
  • Ho Chi Minh sent 850,000 Vietnamese to their graves in “education camps”…
  • Castro buried dissenters in the infamous Isle of Pines…
  • The student voices of freedom were silenced at Tiananmen Square in Beijing…

A Moral Blind Spot

It is a great moral failing of our age that so many do not know the extent of Communism’s atrocities. While the horrors of Nazism are well known, and should be, who knows that the Soviet Union murdered millions in the Gulag? Who knows that Communist regimes around the world have exacted a death toll surpassing that of all of the wars of the 20th century combined?

Just as we must grasp Communism’s brutality, we must understand the true cause of the fall of the Soviet Union. The West’s triumph over the “evil empire” was no accident of history. It was the result of a calculated strategy by a grand alliance of political, military, religious, business and labor leaders. These leaders deserve recognition for the victory over Communism many thought impossible.

The Battle Continues

The specter of Communism still haunts the world. In Russia, one-third of the people believe that Stalin “did more good than bad for the country”. In China, thousands of dissidents are imprisoned in the slave labor camps known as the laogai. In North Korea, masses starve as the leadership builds nuclear weapons. In Cuba, dissidents are routinely imprisoned for peacefully petitioning for democratic reform. In Vietnam, basic human rights are denied.

Communism remains, as it has since its bloody start in 1917, the road to serfdom.