Victims of Communism | The Ukrainian Weekly

The centennial of the Bolshevik Revolution was marked in various ways around the globe. For example, as noted by RFE/RL, the Russian Communist Party on November 7 staged a celebratory march in Moscow, while in the Baltic states, the date was not marked at all. In Ukraine, the date is solemn and sorrowful, as it recalls more than seven decades of Communist Party rule, oppression, the Gulag and murder on an enormous scale. The number of Ukrainian victims of Soviet repression cannot be fully known; millions died in the Holodomor of 1932-1933.

In The Washington Post, columnist Marc A. Thiessen wrote: “The death toll of communism, cited in ‘The Black Book of Communism,’ is simply staggering: In the USSR, nearly 20 million dead; China, 65 million; Vietnam, 1 million; Cambodia, 2 million; Eastern Europe, 1 million; Africa, 1.7 million; Afghanistan, 1.5 million; North Korea: 2 million (and counting). In all, Communist regimes killed some 100 million people – roughly four times the number killed by the Nazis – making communism the most murderous ideology in human history.”

Though not widely reported, President Donald Trump declared November 7 the National Day for Victims of Communism. “The Bolshevik Revolution gave rise to the Soviet Union and its dark decades of oppressive communism, a political philosophy incompatible with liberty, prosperity, and the dignity of human life,” his proclamation said. “Today, we remember those who have died and all who continue to suffer under communism. In their memory and in honor of the indomitable spirit of those who have fought courageously to spread freedom and opportunity around the world, our Nation reaffirms its steadfast resolve to shine the light of liberty for all who yearn for a brighter, freer future.” The Washington-based Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation’s Executive Director Marion Smith welcomed the proclamation, pointing out: “America has never before had a day dedicated to recognizing the victims…

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