Romania to Contribute €3,000,000 to the Victims of Communism Museum

The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is deeply honored to announce the pledge of €3,000,000 by the government of Romania to the Victims of Communism Museum in Washington, D.C.

“We are incredibly grateful for Romania’s support of the Victims of Communism Museum to help educate American audiences about Romania’s valiant fight against communist oppression,” remarked VOC’s President, Ambassador Andrew Bremberg. “This gift, which was passed in the Romanian Parliament with a broad political consensus, will also serve as an enduring reminder of the power of freedom and help commemorate the more than 100 million victims of communism around the world as we continue to pursue the freedom of the more than 1.5 billion people still living under its oppressive yoke today.”

As Romanian Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă remarked when meeting with Ambassador Bremberg and VOC Chairman Emeritus Edwin J. Feulner in Bucharest last February, we must always remember “the horrors, humiliations, underdevelopment, [and] poverty that the communist dictatorships brought in this part of Europe. The sufferings of generations brutally crushed by the mechanisms of communism cannot be forgotten.”

“Romania’s contribution to the Victims of Communism Museum will serve as a foundational gift, enabling the expansion of our physical galleries as well as the launch of our digital Museum experience,” said VOC Chairman and Founding Museum Director Dr. Elizabeth Edwards Spalding. As the bill states, this gift to the Victims of Communism Museum is “necessary in order to be able to tell the whole world that Romania has managed to emerge from the darkness of this totalitarianism, to firmly condemn the crimes of communism, and to honor the victims that the regime has produced.”

The Victims of Communism Museum is a project of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. To date, the Victims of Communism Museum has received generous support from the governments of Poland, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Today, VOC is proud to add Romania to this growing list.

For press inquiries please contact Michal Harmata, VOC’s Director of Communications, at (202) 629-9500 or