The first-of-its-kind nonprofit Victims of Communism Museum will open its doors June 13, 2022, in Washington DC.
The museum was founded by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, which was authorized in a unanimous act of Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1993 (how far we've fallen since then).
The Foundation is currently headed by Ambassador Andrew Bremberg, who served as U.S. permanent representative at the United Nations in Geneva from 2019 to 2021.
Bremberg said the museum was urgently needed because public surveys show a general acceptance of socialist and communist ideas among young people.
"It's imperative that we teach Americans about the victims, failures and holes of communism because Americans reject communism as soon as they learn anything about it," Amb. Bremberg said in an exclusive interview with The Washington Times. "The problem is that today, many young people just have no idea who Joseph Stalin was or who Mao Zedong was, and they were the greatest mass murderers of the 20th century."
The foundation raised millions of dollars from concerned citizens to rehabilitate and build out two floors of its building located at McPherson Square within view of the White House. The museum seeks to honor the more than 100 million people and counting who were killed by communist regimes like the Soviet Union, China, Cuba, North Korea, Venezuela, etc.
While the museum does host a small number of historical artifacts, including photographs and personal possessions that people who survived and escaped communist nations donated, its displays are mostly educational.
"For most Americans growing up, anyone younger than me has no memory or experience of the Berlin Wall falling," said Amb. Bremberg, 43. "That's concerning because they haven't learned about it. That's why we see more Americans interested in communism who think ‘it just hasn't been tried right' yet."
A growing number of states are passing laws that schools teach about the evils of communism; efforts the foundation is supporting by developing curriculum.
Communism as a philosophy was created by 19th-century political theorist Karl Marx and calls for a single-party government-run economy, where private property does not exist. Every attempt to form such a system has resulted in the imprisonment or execution of millions of people.
Communism is also the subject of one of the greatest parodies ever created:
If you really want an eye-opener, go to YouTube and scroll through the comments on that video, where many people who have lived and are living through communism relate their experiences.
Special thanks to Not the Bee user @ohdear for keeping on me to bring some attention to the foundation and the museum.
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