Chinese poster during the cult of Chairman Mao Zedong

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”. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp More Artefacts Identity card of a Gulag staff member Enjoy holiday camps… Soviet-style Secret button camera Figurine of a Red Guard Trabant […]


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. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp More Artefacts Soviet Union poster: prison for the […]

Figurine of a Red Guard

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.  Share on Facebook Share on Twitter […]

Enjoy holiday camps… Soviet-style

“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. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp More Artefacts A bronze bust of […]

The Secret Speech

“The things that were said…God knows what we’re supposed to think!” Nikita Khrushchev, First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, delivered a dramatic speech at a closed meeting of the Twentieth Party Congress on 25th February 1956. The speech was a stunning break with Stalin and his rule. Khrushchev denounced Stalin’s purges, […]

The Cultural Revolution

The Cultural Revolution was an upsurge in pro-Communist revolutionary agitation against remnants of capitalist or bourgeois thinking in China. The revolution was started in 1966 by Mao Zedong, Chairman of the Communist Party. His reasons are a matter of dispute and conjecture. Ostensibly the aim was to bring purity of ideology back to the Communist […]


Holodomor was a famine in Ukraine in 1932-33 in which 3.9 million people starved to death.1 The famine is widely accepted as having been enforced by Stalin. In 1928, Stalin began to introduce agricultural collectivisation policies. Farmers were forced to give up their farms to create larger ones controlled by the state. Stalin thought that […]

The Great Terror

The Great Terror was the torture, execution and/or imprisonment of more than 1.5 million people by Stalin between 1936 and 1938. It was designed to consolidate Stalin’s personal control of both the Soviet Union and the Communist Party. Nobody could be sure of being safe from arrest in the middle of the night followed by […]

The Katyn Massacre

The Katyn Massacre was the mass execution of Polish military officers and intelligentsia by the Soviet Union in 1940. Approximately 22,000 Poles were killed. The executions are collectively known as the Katyn Massacre because the first bodies to be discovered were found in mass graves in Katyn Forest near Smolensk in the west of present-day […]

Ten books about communism

The top ten books most recommended by followers of the Museum of Communist Terror on Twitter and Facebook.   1. The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Solzhenitsyn is the most famous of all those who have written about repression in the Soviet Union. The book draws on the testimony of over 200 survivors of the Gulag. It […]