A selection of the artefacts we have acquired.
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.
Chinese poster during the cult of Chairman Mao Zedong. It has been translated as: "He who opposes Chairman Mao will have his dog head smashed".
Identity card of a Gulag staff member: Front cover: "USSR Proletariats of the World Unite Gulag".
Inside left: "Issued 6 March 1938 Moscow [signature]" .
Inside right: "People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs Central Administration for Camps and Prisons identity card 87 Comrade Kolnakov working for Central Administration of Camps and Prisons of the NKVD in the fight against gangsterism Valid until March 1938 Under the Administration of Gulag NKVD - [signatures] Secretary of Administration for Gulag NKVD - [signature]
Chinese poster of Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin and Mao. The text has been translated as "“Long live invincible Marxism-Leninism and Mao Zedong Thought”.
Soviet Union poster: Literal translation:
“Mineral Fertiliser “
"Take out the fertiliser without delay."
"Since he did not take out the fertiliser in time
it is painful to look at the Kolkhoz [a form of collectivised farm] field."
"Inspector, make sure that such scenes
Don’t happen in future."
The poster shows a big strong man in red who symbolises the Communist Party government. He is telling a smaller, older farmer who is looking at his failed crop what he should do.
An original sign from the prison area in the port of Magadan, north east Siberia.
Prisoners sent to the Kolyma Gulag camps mostly arrived through here. The sign has been translated as "Detachment #2" or "Group 2".
Ivanna, in one of our videos, passed through Magadan after being sent to the Gulag from Ukraine by train, truck and ship.
A 7.65mm semi-automatic pistol of the sort used by the Securitate, the Romanian secret police.
A small bronze bust of Felix Dzerzhinsky, the head of the Cheka and the OGPU, secret police under Lenin and Stalin.
He was one of the architects of the Red Terror.
A full-length poster of Lenin which is slightly bigger than life-size.
150,000 copies of the poster were printed so they must have been widely spread around the Soviet Union.
Acquired June 2019: Large French Socialist Party poster arguing that Stalin was in many ways like Mussolini and Hitler.
The poster is not dated but various sources suggest it was published in 1951. Alongside is an English translation.