Artefacts Acquired

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"Enjoy holiday camps... Soviet-style". French propaganda poster produced by Paix et Liberté (Peace and Liberty), a French anti-communist organisation headed by Jean-Paul David of the Radical Socialist Party to counter Communist Party propaganda. It was active in the early 1950s.

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"So to fulfill the plan - to march towards communism!". Soviet poster. Factories and farms were given plans. Those who met or exceeded the plans might be rewarded. Consequently factories sometimes exaggerated production which could lead to the government having an inflated idea of output.

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 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.

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.


The infographics can be downloaded and shared. Hover the cursor over any infographic and icons will appear. The infographics are freely available for individual, school or university use. Copyright is reserved for commercial use.


“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. 

"How The Uprising Against Nicolae Ceausescu Began" An interview from April 2021 with Zsolt Szilagyi, witness to the Romanian revolution.

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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

Lord Hannan

Lord Vinson
Tim Montgomerie

Owen Paterson

Jessica Douglas-Home

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Short Videos

Vladimir dropped a crumpled piece of paper from an open lorry among some women prisoners, asking for one of them to exchange letters with him. The women read the letter out aloud among themselves. Would any of them volunteer to reply?

The 1989 revolt against the communist regimes dominated by Ceausescu in Romania began with an uprising in a city called Timisoara. But how did the Timisoara uprising begin?

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.

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

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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Communism: A little book of facts

A concise 30-page booklet packed with information and statistics about communist theory and practice. It covers the story from the Communist Party Manifesto published in 1848 to the creation of communist states around the world, the reality of life under communist regimes, the gulags, the economic performance and the fall of communism in much of the world in 1989-90 with quotations from Lenin, Ho Chi Minh, Solzhenitsyn and Andrei Sakharov. 



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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.