If Sister Nijolė can be happy, so can you

Life lessons from a Lithuanian nun who fought communism By James Bartholomew In the past five years I’ve met many people who’ve had direct, sometimes horrific, experience of communist rule. But I was more excited about doing a recent interview than I had been about any of the previous ones. It was going to be […]

The paradoxes of Cuba

By Isabella Thomas Cuba, 2003 The colonel had agreed to meet me in the foyer of the Hotel Nacional in Havana. Spotting him amongst the throng of European travellers traipsing through the art deco hallway was not difficult. His expression of edgy expectation distinguished him from the dreamy glow on the faces of the tourists […]

Stasi colonel uniform

Uniform of a colonel in the Stasi, the East German secret police force which monitored and spied on the population more extensively than any other secret police force up until that period. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp More Artefacts Soviet Union poster of a collectivised farm Chinese poster during the cult […]

Porcelain bust of Lenin

A Soviet biscuit porcelain bust of Lenin, made in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), Lomonosov Porcelain Factory in the 1950s. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp More Artefacts Trabant Figurine of a Red Guard Secret button camera Stasi colonel uniform …to march towards communism! – Soviet poster French Socialist Party poster arguing that Stalin […]

Soviet Union poster: prison for the heart and mind

Anti-Christian Soviet propaganda poster depicting a nun who appears to be imprisoned by her religion while, outside, there is a sunlit, golden world. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp More Artefacts A full-length poster of Lenin ‘Carpati’ 7.65mm calibre pistol as used by the Romanian secret police Soviet Union poster of a […]

How the uprising against Nicolae Ceaușescu began – Zoom event with Zsolt Szilagyi

A concise account of the Timisoara Uprising featuring unique testimony by three people who were first-hand witnesses and participants in the uprising. One of them, László Tőkés, is the very man who was the spark that led to the uprising. One of the uplifting moments is when Hungarians and Romanians – whose relations have not always been good, came together to oppose the communist dictatorship under which they were all suffering.

Beatings and torture: the Securitate response to the beginning of the revolt against Communist rule

A concise account of the Timisoara Uprising featuring unique testimony by three people who were first-hand witnesses and participants in the uprising. One of them, László Tőkés, is the very man who was the spark that led to the uprising. One of the uplifting moments is when Hungarians and Romanians – whose relations have not always been good, came together to oppose the communist dictatorship under which they were all suffering.

How Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s book, “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich”, came to be published.

A concise account of the Timisoara Uprising featuring unique testimony by three people who were first-hand witnesses and participants in the uprising. One of them, László Tőkés, is the very man who was the spark that led to the uprising. One of the uplifting moments is when Hungarians and Romanians – whose relations have not always been good, came together to oppose the communist dictatorship under which they were all suffering.

The Killing Fields

“The Killing Fields” is a phrase that has come to mean mass killings and deaths by starvation that took place at the hand of the communist regime in Cambodia between 1975 and 1979. The name arose from the many deaths which took place literally in the fields of Cambodia.  Overall, at least 1.5 million people […]

Secret button camera

Soviet KGB secret camera designed to be hidden inside an agent’s overcoat. A photograph could be taken by squeezing the metal device inside the coat pocket. The button would divide in two, briefly revealing the lens and taking the picture. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp More Artefacts Chinese poster during the […]