Artefacts Acquired

 Chess set made in the Gulag by a prisoner in north-east Siberia. On the box are the words, "Play well and dream of freedom, Magadan, 1945." Magadan was the port through which prisoners arrived to work in the remote Kolyma region.

Figurine of a Red Guard with his foot on the back of a man in a "denunciation meeting". Bourgeois families, former supporters of the Kuomintang and regime critics were subjected to such sessions. The victims were usually hit, sometimes multiple times. Some were tortured even to the point of death. 

A Trabant, the East German car made from 1957 to 1990. It had a two-stroke engine and no fuel gauge. It took 21 seconds to reach 62mph. Despite such drawbacks, the waiting list was 10 years or longer.

The Museum welcomes donations of artefacts including original letters sent from Gulag or re-education camps; objects made in such camps; drawings and other items. Please email:


"What millenials should know about Communism" Talk by James Bartholomew at the Sydney Institute in October 2018.


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“Importing Class War - the unknown story of the Soviet Invasion of Poland, 1939" 

Talk by Roger Moorhouse, author of First To Fight, London, November 2019. 


The Museum of Communist Terror aims to keep alive knowledge and understanding of the deaths, terror and economic failure that took place under Communist regimes, primarily in the 20th century. The strategy is to do this through social media, this website, talks and films for schools and universities, lobbying for improvements in the teaching of the history of Communist regimes, events and the creation of one or more small museums leading up to the development of a full-size museum in London. Video interviews are being made with people who have survived Communist oppression or whose lives have been affected. We are seeking to acquire artefacts for the Museum.


Honorary President: Viscount Ridley


James Bartholomew (Director)


Dr Eamonn Butler

Giles Udy

Thomas Borwick

Daniel Hannan

Baron Vinson
Tim Montgomerie

Owen Paterson M.P.

Jessica Douglas-Home

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Short Videos

The extraordinary story of Witold Pilecki, a Polish officer who volunteered to go into Auschwitz concentration camp. He resisted both the rule of the Nazis and of the Communists.

Amy Li was a schoolgirl when Chairman Mao began the Cultural Revolution in 1966. Some of her classmates were Red Guards. Amy saw and heard how they tormented teachers especially the Party Secretary. Please be aware that this video describes torture and death.

Ivanna, from Ukraine, was sent across Russia to the north east corner of Siberia: Kolyma. Now in her 90's, this is her testimony about life in the Gulag.

Joseph made three attempts to escape Communist Hungary. Ifcaught, he faced five to ten years in jail.

Holodomor: starvation to death of 3.9m people enforced by Stalin featuring Anne Applebaum, author of "Red Famine".

The story of the man living in the Soviet Union who literally did not believe that Marks & Spencer was open to the public. He was sure it would only be accessible to party members. 



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Ten books about Communism

Gulag Archipelago 

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


Darkness at Noon 

Arthur Koestler


Mao’s Great Famine 

Frank Dikotter


A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich 

Alexander Solzhenitsyn


The Black Book of Communism 

Stephane Courtois et al


Against All Hope 

Armando Valladares



Anne Applebaum


Koba The Dread 

Martin Amis


Wild Swans 

Jung Chang


The Great Terror 

Robert Conquest

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Speakers at Schools and Universities

The Museum of Communist Terror is sometimes able to provide a speaker for schools and universities on a limited basis in London and nearby areas. Please contact for further information.