Books and movies


The Fencer

2015 Klaus Härö Estonia

Based on true events, The Fencer follows the story of Endel Nelis, who leaves Leningrad to return to his homeland of Estonia for fear of persecution following the victory of the Soviet Union in the Second World War. Fleeing the Soviet secret police, he settles in the town of Haapsalu to work as a teacher. However, he draws attention to himself and his complicated past through his background in fencing, which he begins to teach to his students despite the school principal’s denouncement of the sport as being ill-suited to the proletarian “working man.” Accordingly, Nelis begins to face a difficult choice between self-preservation and the bonds he has forged with his students.

The Populist Dimension to African Political Thought: Critical Essays in Reconstruction and Retrieval

Book 2003 P. L. E. Idahosa USA

WR: Mysteries of the Organism

Movie 1971 Dušan Makavejev Yugoslavia, West Germany

The Lives of Others

Movie 2006 Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck Germany

The Last Bolshevik

Documentary 1992 Chris Marker France

Good Bye Lenin!

Movie 2003 Wolfgang Becker Germany

The Ghost of the Executed Engineer: Technology and the Fall of the Soviet Union

Book 1993 Loren Graham USA


Movie 1992 Aleksandr Rogožkin Russia

Gulag: A History

Book 2003 Anne Applebaum USA

The Red Flag: A History of Communism

Book 2009 David Priestland Great Britain

Animal Farm

Book 1945 George Orwell Great Britain

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

Book 2009 Barbara Demick USA

From the Gulag to the Killing Fields: Personal Accounts of Political Violence and Repression in Communist States

Book 2006 Paul Hollander USA

The Great Terror: A Reassessment

Book 1990 Robert Conquest Great Britain

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

Book 2010 Timothy D. Snyder USA

Tombstone: The Great Chinese Famine, 1958-1962

Book 2013 Yang Jisheng China

The Oxford Handbook of the History of Communism

Book 2014 S.A. Smith Great Britain

The Rise and Fall of Communism

Book 2009 Archie Brown Great Britain

The Gulag Archipelago

Book 1973 Aleksandr Solženitsin Russia

Homage to Catalonia

Book 1938 George Orwell Great Britain

Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life

Book 1997 Jon Lee Anderson USA

The Russian Revolution: A Very Short Introduction

Book 2002 S.A. Smith Great Britain

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

Book 1991 Jung Chang Great Britain

Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956

Book 2012 Anne Applebaum USA

The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia

Book 2007 Orlando Figes Great Britain

A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891-1924

Book 1996 Orlando Figes Great Britain

Letters from Russian Prisons

Book 1925 The International Committee for Political Prisoners Great Britain

Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire

Book 1993 David Remnick USA

The Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivization and the Terror-famine

Book 1986 Robert Conquest Great Britain

My Further Disillusionment in Russia

Book 1924 Emma Goldman USA

Sofia Petrovna

Book 1965 Lydia Chukovskaya Russia

Mao: The Unknown Story

Book 2005 Jung Chang, Jon Halliday Great Britain

Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West

Book 2012 Blaine Harden USA

Stalinism and Nazism: History and Memory Compared

Book 2004 Henry Rousso ja teised France

The Communist Manifesto

Book 1948 Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels Germany

The Black Book of Communism

Book1997 Stéphane Courtois ja teised France

The Tragedy of Liberation: A History of the Chinese Revolution 1945-1957

Book 2013 Frank Dikötter Netherlands

Crimes against humanity under communist regimes - Research review

Book 2008 Klas-Göran Karlsson, Michael Schoenhals Sweden

Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West

Book 2012 Blaine Harden USA

North Korea's Hidden Revolution: How the Information Underground Is Transforming a Closed Society

Book 2016 Jieun Baek Great Britain

Vietnam's Communist Revolution: The Power and Limits of Ideology

Book 2016 Tuong Vu USA

Pol Pot: Anatomy of a Nightmare

Book 2000 Philip Short Great Britain

A Cambodian Prison Portrait. One Year in the Khmer Rouge's S-21

Book 1998 Vann Nath Cambodia

Afro-Marxist Regimes: Ideology and Public Policy

Book 1987 Edmond J. Keller, Donald Rothchild USA

Wars of Latin America, 1948-1982: The Rise of the Guerrillas

Book 2013 Rene de la Pedraja USA

The Shining Path: World's Deadliest Revolutionary Force

Book 1992 Simon Strong USA

Comandante: Myth and Reality in Hugo Chavez's Venezuela

Book 2013 Rory Carroll Great Britain

A Quarter Century of Post-Communism Assessed

Book 2017 M. Steven Fish, Graeme Gill, Milenko Petrovic Great Britain

Belarus: The Last European Dictatorship

Book 2011 Andrew Wilson USA

Postcommunism from Within: Social Justice, Mobilization, and Hegemony

Book 2013 Jan Kubik USA

Communism, Fascism, and Democracy: The Theoretical Foundations

Book 1996 Carl Cohen USA

Postcommunism and the Theory of Democracy

Book 2001 Richard D. Anderson, M. Steven Fish, Stephen E. Hanson, Philip G. Roeder USA

Red Capitalism: The Fragile Financial Foundation of China's Extraordinary Rise

Book 2012 Carl Walter USA

Cuban Communism 10th Edition

Book 2000 Irving Louis Horowitz USA

I Little Slave: A Prison Memoir from Communist Laos

Book 2006 Bounsang Khamkeo USA

Against All Hope: A Memoir of Life in Castro`s Gulag

Book 2001 Armando Valladarese Cuba

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

Movie 2007 Cristian Mungiu Romania

Land and Freedom

Movie 1995 Ken Loach Great Britain, Spain, Germany, Italy, France

Human Harvest

Documentary film 2014 Leon Lee Kanada

A Trial in Prague

Documentary film 2000 Zuzana Justman Czech Republic

Under the Sun

Documentary film 2015 Vitaly Mansky Russia, Germany, Czech Republic, Latvia, North Korea

The Missing Picture

Documentary film 2013 Rithy Panh Cambodia, French

Man of Iron

Movie 1981 Andrzej Wajda Poland

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Movie 1970 Caspar Wrede Great Britain, Norway

Children of Glory

Movie 2006 Krisztina Goda Hungary

Tovarisch, I Am Not Dead

Documentary film 2007 Stuart Urban Great Britain

World War Two: 1941 and the Man of Steel

Documentary film 2011 Russell Barnes Great Britain

The Eternal Road

Movie 2017 Antti-Jussi Annila Finland, Estonia, Sweden

A Pin for the Butterfly

Movie 1994 Hannah Kodicek Great Britain, Czech Republic

Seeing Red

Documentary film 1983 Jim Klein, Julia Reichert USA

300 Miles to Heaven

Movie 1989 Maciej Dejczer Poland, Denmark, France

Between Hitler and Stalin

Documentary film 2003 Slavko Nowytski Canada, Ukraine

The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu

Documentary film 2010 Andrei Ujica Romania

World War II Behind Closed Doors: Stalin, the Nazis and the West

Documentary film 2008 Laurence Rees, Andrew Williams Great Britain

S-21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine

Documentary film 2003 Rithy Panh Cambodia, France

Returned: Child Soldiers of Nepal's Maoist Army

Documentary film 2008 Robert Koenig USA

The Baader Meinhof Complex

Movie 2008 Uli Edel Czech, Germany, France


Movie 2007 Andrzej Wajda Poland, Russia , Germany

The Blue Kite

Movie 1993 Zhuangzhuang Tian China, Hong Kong

The Killing Fields

Movie 1984 Roland Joffé Great Britain

The Soviet Story

Documentary film 2008 Edvīns Šnore Latvia

The Cambridge History of Communism (3 volumes)

Book 2017 Silvio Pons (Ed.) Great Britain

Comrades!: A History of World Communism

Book 2010 Robert Service USA

A Dictionary of 20th-Century Communism

Book 2012 Silvio Pons, Robert Service USA

The Collapse of Communism (Witness to History)

Book 2004 Stewart Ross Great Britain

Transnational influences in the Transition from Communism

2008 Johannes Autorinimi India

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