What is communism?
Communism is a political ideology born in the 19th century that set as its objective the building of a classless society in which all means of production and all that is produced is owned in common by all members of society. Communism is totalitarian by its nature. It's objective was the subjugation of the whole of society to ideology and the exclusive leadership of the Communist Party.Read more
Why commemorate the victims of communism?
The victims of all regimes of terror deserve honour and remembrance. Comparison of victims and sufferings is cynical. Victims of communism have to be remembered as innocent victims of regimes founded on communist ideology and also as people who stood up to regimes of terror in the name of democracy, the rule of law, and independent statehood, or for other motives. Communist regimes of terror are part of the historical identity of Europe and the whole world.Read more
Justice and condemnation
Since the 1990s, persons guilty of crimes of communist regimes have been taken to court in many former Eastern Bloc countries. Over time the number of victims of those crimes, as well as their family members, is decreasing, and along with this the importance of this topic is also declining in the public consciousness. This, however, does not mean that international crimes, crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide, all of which are not subject to statutes of limitations, can be forgotten and in this way forgiven.Read more
Are "victims of communism" and "communist crimes" correct terms?
25. November 2019
The answer to the headline question is: of course not. They are simply parallel terms to the terms ‘victims of fascism or Nazism’ and ‘fascist or Nazi crimes’. Politics and its slogans are frequently
INTERVIEW: DNA Analysis Reconnects Murdered Victims of Communism With Their Family
23. November 2019
We met Rafał Michliński from the Institute of National Remembrance of Poland at the international Conference "Necropolis of Communist Terror". The work he is doing has a great value for remembrance
The Memory of Stalinist Crimes and Russian "Patriotism" Today: Katyn as a site of memory of the Second World War and the Gulag
20. November 2019
Since 1945, the Soviet and later Russian post-Soviet official memory of the Second World War has been predominantly focused on the Great Patriotic War. Reducing the Second World War to the Great
VIDEO: Fall of The Berlin Wall 30. How Did That Happen?
15. November 2019
Anna Kaminsky, the witness of the fall of the wall from the side of East Berlin and the director of the Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED‐Dictatorship in Eastern Germany is telling the
VIDEO: Fall of The Berlin Wall 30. What Did We Learn?
15. November 2019
Anna Kaminsky, the witness of the fall of the wall from the side of East Berlin and the director of the Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED‐Dictatorship in Eastern Germany talks about
Researchers from 13 countries discuss mass burial sites of victims of communist terror
28. October 2019
In cooperation of the Estonian Institute of Historical Memory and the Memorial Research and Information Centre (St. Petersburg, Russia), researchers from 13 countries will gather at a conference in
The International Museum for The Victims of Communism
The first global institution to be developed and built with a focus on examining the international crimes of communism through objective, fact-based research.