Monday, April 12, 2010

Victimis of Communism Memorial Foundation

How do you tell a communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin.

- Ronald Reagan

The Global Museum on Communism is a project of the non-profit Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation established by an Act of Congress in 1993.

The mission of the Museum is to educate this generation and future generations about the history, philosophy and legacy of communism.

The Global Museum on Communism is the first museum on the Internet dedicated to telling the complete story of communism. Our foundation works to honor the more than one hundred million victims of communist regimes while educating the public about communism’s crimes against humanity and the heroes who successfully resisted it.

It is a great moral failing that so many do not know the extent of Communism's atrocities. While the horrors of Nazism are well known, who knows that the Soviet Union murdered 20 million people? Who knows that China's dictators have slaughtered as many as 60 million? Who knows that the Communist holocaust has exacted a death toll surpassing that of all of the wars of the 20th century combined?

The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation has established a long-term action plan designed to memorialize, educate and document the grim legacy of global communism.

Phase One: Memorializing the Victims
Our efforts to remember and honor the victims of communism worldwide were realized with the dedication of the Victims of Communism Memorial in Washington, DC on June 12, 2007. The first anniversary of the memorial took place on June 12, 2008, and was attended by public officials, members of Congress and the diplomatic corps. The memorial will be commemorated on June 12 each year.

Phase Two: Educating the Public
Informing people about communism is crucial in establishing justice for the victims and preventing its resurgence.

Studies and surveys reveal an astounding public ignorance about communism worldwide. This is especially the case with younger people who have not been taught about communism. Building awareness of how communism victimized and enslaved countless millions of people in the past and revealing how its tyranny survives today will forestall its return.

Our project to educate this generation and the next about communism utilizes the latest technologies to create an engaging online learning experience in a readily acceptable medium and style.

Creating an international portal on the internet will provide an online “meeting place” for scholars, researchers, and activists to interact and build their educational competence. The international portal will connect communities around the world in a common educational mission.

The launch of the full online museum

Phase Three: Documenting the Evidence
Permanently recording proof of the immense suffering inflicted upon millions of people by communism must be accomplished. Although a great amount of work has been conducted in locations around the world, much of the evidence is either eroding over time or simply not known or easily accessible to the public. Our ambition is to connect and integrate these many efforts before the evidence is erased forever.

There is no better way to accomplish this task than by the construction of a permanent self-standing, “bricks-and-mortar,” United States Museum on Communism in Washington DC. An artist’s rendition of the museum has been commissioned from the artist Thomas Marsh and will soon be made available on this site.

This institution will collect, warehouse, and permanently display the evidence and artifacts of the communist system and its many crimes against humanity. Notably, the museum will also bring to light the vast number o

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Volume 3, Number 1
Spring 2010
Chairman's Message
The Revolutionary Holocaust
Edwards Featured on Glen Beck
Foundation Honors Hoyer and Allen
Cold War Exhibit

Dear Friend:

Several exciting things have happened since my last Chairman's Message to you. We were invited to appear on Glenn Beck's Fox News documentary about communism--what they called "A Revolutionary Holocaust." My analysis of Communist China and Mao Zedung as the "greatest mass murderer of the 20th century" was seen by several million viewers.

In keeping with The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation's bipartisan tradition, we honored two prominent political leaders. We presented the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland and a special Certificate of Appreciation to former Governor (and U.S. Senator) George Allen.

Working with the Veterans of Foreign Affairs, the Foundation has added a special exhibit about the sacrifice of those brave Americans who have died on the frontlines of the Cold War to our online museum. This new exhibit is another proof of our determination to make our online museum the go-to museum for information about the history, philosophy, and legacy of communism.

Finally, we are moving ahead with our plans to have the Global Museum on Communism used in the U.S. history and world history classes of public schools, home schools and colleges across the country. We have selected Virginia as our initial target state for our National School Initiative. We need $180,000 over the next two years to develop, promote and place our lesson plans in Virginia.

Can we count on you to help us? Please send us your tax-deductible gift to us today. Many thanks and god bless.

Lee Edwards, Ph.D.
Chairman, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOCMF)

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"The Revolutionary Holocaust - Live Free... or Die" first aired on January 22, 2010 on the Fox News Channel. The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation has posted this extraordinary documentary about the origins and impact of communism on our Global Museum on Communism web site. The documentary was seen by millions of Fox News viewers and reportedly generated the largest number of viewers ever recorded for a cable documentary in a traditional news time slot.

Producer-host Glen Beck lays bare some of the darkest forces in human history. He covers subjects such as the "Holomador," the manmade famine forced upon the nation of Ukraine by Soviet Communists. Despite Ukraine's incredibly productive independent grain farmers, the "Kulaks," Stalin was able to deliberately starve millions of Ukrainians to death in the name of social progress.

You can view the documentary by visiting our online Global Museum on Communism. Click on the "News Center" section.


Dr. Lee Edwards, Chairman of The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, was featured in the Fox News documentary.

Edwards joined other prominent experts on communism who documented the atrocities of Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, Che Guevara and Adolf Hitler. Yes, Adolph Hitler.

Beck's guests pointed out the similarities between the two brands of tyrannical governments. Both used similar icons and art, and their vocabulary followed parallel lines.

For most people, it is an unknown fact of history that, in the beginning days, Soviet-era Marxists trained and coached Germany's National Socialist Workers' Party, the Nazis, on the application of mass murder technology and terror.

The comparison of the cult-like regimes of Stalin and Hitler was followed by Edwards, who discussed the "worst murderer in history," Mao Zedong. In Mao's so-called Great Leap Forward, over 60 million men, women and children died in the name of social progress.

We invite you to see the documentary in its entirety at


In keeping with its bi-partisan tradition, The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOCMF) has honored two political leaders -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and former Governor George Allen of Virginia.

Left to right: Francis Skrobiszewski, Harry Wu, Lee Edwards, Steny Hoyer, Bruce Weinstein, Karl Altau and Ed Priola

VOCMF presented the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom to Mr. Hoyer on February 4, 2010. As the former Chair and Ranking Democrat on the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (the Helsinki Commission), Congressman Hoyer championed the cause of human rights, individual freedoms, democracy and religious liberties throughout the world. He called for decisive U.S. and NATO action to stop the carnage throughout former Yugoslavia and was an outspoken critic of the repressive tactics of Afghanistan's former ruling regime, the infamous Taliban.

The Medal presentation ceremony took place in the House Majority Leader's office in the U.S Capitol Building. The presenting delegation included Dr. Lee Edwards, VOCMF's Chairman; Don Ritter, former Pennsylvania Congressman; Karl Altau, Director of the Joint Baltic American Committee; Harry Wu, Director of the Laogai Research Foundation; Francis Skrobiszewski, International Consultant and Ed Priola, VOCMF's Director of Public Affairs.

Past recipients include such distinguished individuals as: Rep. Tom Lantos; Lech Walesa; Vaclav Havel; Elena Bonner; Pope John Paul II; William F. Buckley, Jr.; Sen. Henry "Scoop" Jackson, Sen. Jesse Helms and Sen. Joseph Lieberman.

Left to right: Don Ritter, Victoria Stack, George Allen, Susan Allen, Lee Edwards and Jay Katzen

On March 10, 2010, The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation recognized Governor Allen's lifelong opposition to communism and tyranny by awarding him a Certificate of Appreciation. The ceremony took place during the Foundation's Spring Fundraising Reception held at the Georgetown home of Victoria Stack and former Pennsylvania Congressman Don Ritter.

Event Co-Chairs Don Ritter and Jay Katzen detailed Allen's foreign relations accomplishments for the nearly seventy guests. Ritter noted that, while serving on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Allen led many legislative initiatives to rebuild an Eastern Europe that had been devastated by communist rule. Allen was also cited as a key member of the Senate Baltic Freedom Caucus. From his early days in office, he was recognized by the Joint Baltic National Committee as one of the "staunchest supporters of the NATO enlargement process." Allen co-sponsored the Freedom Consolidation Act (S.1572) which endorsed a broad vision of a strong NATO and authorized increased military funding for many of the new NATO aspirants, including Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

In 2003, along with Senator Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota), Allen founded and co-chaired the United States Senate Taiwan Caucus. The caucus has been credited with safe-guarding the strong ties between the United States and Taiwan. Allen was also a member of the Congressional Cuba Political Prisoner Initiative, which sought to support political prisoners in communist Cuban prisons.


Efforts have long been underway to recognize Americans who fought and won the Cold War. On Sunday, March 21, 2010, "Cold War Veterans Day" passed in the U.S. House of Representatives by unanimous vote. Although an exact annual date has not been designated, it will recognize the immense contribution made by the millions of Americans in fighting the Cold War between 1945 and 1991.

Unfortunately, many casualties of the Cold War have been in overlooked secret campaigns, crises and confrontations and on forgotten fronts beyond the full-fledged wars in Korea and Vietnam.

Americans must not forget the 382 Americans killed as a result of hostile communist action in North China, Korea's DMZ, the Philippines, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Southeast Europe, over barren landscapes and open seas, and in other forsaken locales. It is to these servicemen that the public owes a special debt of gratitude.

Please visit the Museum's new exhibit entitled "You Won the Cold War - A Tribute to Those Who Fell During the Cold War" to see a graphic representation of how and where these heroes fought and died for our freedom. In partnership with the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, we present their names as a solemn remembrance of their courage.

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