Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
It is a grave moral failing of our age that the full extent of
communism's crimes and victims remains dimly understood. How many
know there have been more than 100 million victims of communism - a
death toll surpassing that of all the wars in the 20th Century
combined? How many are aware that a fifth of the world's population
still lives, and not by their choice, under communism?
To serve as a permanent reminder of communism's inhumanity to man,
an international Memorial to the victims of communism will be built
on Capitol Hill - just four blocks from the U.S. Capitol.
Ground-breaking is scheduled for September, dedication in June
2007, on the 20th anniversary of President Reagan's historic
address at the Brandenburg Gate, when he declared, "Mr. Gorbachev,
tear down this wall!"
In addition, organizations such as the Laogai Foundation, the
Center for a Free Cuba, and the Victims of Communism Memorial
Foundation continue to educate the public about the
continuing communist oppression and violation of human
rights in China, Cuba, North Korea, Vietnam, and Laos. The Heritage
Foundation has brought together an outstanding panel of experts to
discuss the critical question, "Is Communism Dead?"
More About the Speakers
Center for a Free Cuba
Formerly with Voice of America and
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
and an authority on the Baltic States
Laogai Research Foundation
Lee Edwards, Ph.D.
Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought, B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics