A week worth remembering for all who love freedom


This week marks two widely ignored, yet important, anniversaries. One hundred years ago, on Aug. 25, 1920, Vladimir Lenin’s invasion of Europe was defeated as the Battle of Warsaw came to a decisive end, a victory known in Poland as “The Miracle of the Vistula.”

Sixty-one years ago, on Aug. 23, 1939, the Soviet Union began to succeed where it earlier had failed, with the signing of the infamous Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact with Nazi Germany. […]

Far from being historical curiosities, these anniversaries deserve renewed attention. They are an enduring reminder that communism is fundamentally expansionist, seeking to swallow its neighbors and snuff out democracy, its mortal enemy. At a time when communism is growing in power and popularity, it would be wise for Americans and all freedom-loving people to remind ourselves about the mortal danger of the ideology of Marx, Lenin, Stalin and Mao.

Marion Smith is executive director of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Originally published in The Hill.