Communist Legacy

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Museums and memorials across the world

Places of remembrance and museum institutions across the world that commemorate the victims of communism.

Books and movies

Books and films that dissert in one or another way the communist ideology and deeds of communist regimes across the world.