Communism: Confronting the Ideology
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC) is dedicated to educating new generations about the ideology, history, and legacy of communism, and ensuring that the millions who suffered under communist regimes are not forgotten.
An entire generation of Americans, unaware of the true nature and history of communism, is warming to collectivist ideas because they don’t know the facts. Studies consistently reveal that America’s high school and college students do not know basic facts about the history of communism. In this environment, it is no wonder that personalities and symbols of communism are worn on clothing and even celebrated as symbols of equality and justice. Our country’s educational institutions have failed to teach the most important lessons of the 20th century to a new generation of Americans.
We equip teachers through our annual National Seminar for Middle and High School Educators and in-service professional development workshops based on our curriculum, Communism: Its Ideology, Its History, and Its Legacy, and other curricular resources. Our growing number of teacher alumni are reaching thousands of students in classrooms around the country.
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We host campus events for college students in all 50 states to help educate them about communism and socialism. Our academic staff and research fellows participate in conferences, film screenings, lectures, and expert panels on campuses across the country and internationally. We organize class visits by dissidents, witnesses, and scholars on communism from our Speakers Bureau and partner network.
VOC engages leading experts in the history, economics, culture, and politics of communist and post-communist countries through our country and regional programs. We support research fellows in these fields dedicated to studying and publishing work related to the history of communism, post-communist transition, and the legacy and impact of communism in current affairs. Our current study centers include China Studies, Latin America Studies, Poland Studies.
Research and Publications
Publications include curriculum resources for middle school, high school, and collegiate users; policy backgrounders and country factsheets; research reports and academic articles; and memoirs and scholarly books.