The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation

The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, a non-profit educational organization, was established by an Act of Congress to build a memorial in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the more than 100 million victims of communism. The mission of The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is to educate this generation and future generations about the history, philosophy, and legacy of communism.

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 dedication of the memorial is commemorated in June every year, most recently on June 9, 2011.

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.

An international portal on the internet provides an online “meeting place” for scholars, researchers, and activists to interact and build their educational competence and connects communities around the world in a common educational mission.

The online Museum on Communism launched on June 16, 2009.

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 of heroes and champions who successfully opposed and triumphed over the tyranny of communism, serving as an inspiration to future generations.