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Jun 12

The Victims and Crimes of Communism from 1917 to the Present

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium

It is a grave moral failing of our age that the full extent of communism's inhumanity to man is not known.  Who knows that more than 100 million people have died under communism since the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917?  Who realizes that more than one fifth of the world's population still lives - and not by their choice - under communism? 

This tragic oversight will be corrected, at least in part, with the dedication of the Victims of Communism Memorial on Tuesday, June 12, at its Capitol Hill site, two blocks from Union Station.

As part of the day's activities, a distinguished panel of historians, dissident leaders and former political prisoners will hold a roundtable discussion on the costs of communism and what it was like to live under a communist regime.

More About the Speakers

Featuring a Roundtable Discussion with:
Emil Constantinescu
Former President of Romania

Pedro Fuentes
Political prisoner in Cuba's prisons for 18 years

Dr. Paul Hollander
Professor Emeritus of Sociology,
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Tunne Kelam
Member of the European Parliament and
a leading Estonian dissident during the Soviet occupation

Dr. Alan Kors
Professor of History,
University of Pennsylvania

Chi Thien Nguyen
Political prisoner in Vietnam for 27 years

Dr. Richard Pipes
Baird Professor of History, Emeritus,
Harvard University

Dr. Michael Szporer
Expert on Poland's Solidarity Trade Union, and
University of Maryland professor

Tu Thanh Than
Political prisoner in Vietnam for 18 years

Harry Wu
Political prisoner in China's laogai for 19 years

Dr. Yuri Yarim-Agaev
Former Russian dissident and human rights activist

Moderator:
Paul Goble
Former VOA and RFE/Radio Liberty official and
former Vice Dean of the Social Sciences and Humanities,
Audentes University, Tallinn 

Hosted By

Lee Edwards, Ph.D. Lee Edwards, Ph.D.

Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought, B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics Read More