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 poster shows a large man in red who symbolises the Communist Party government. Literal translation: “Take out the fertiliser without delay.”
Chinese poster of Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin and Mao. The text has been translated as “Long live invincible Marxism-Leninism and Mao Zedong Thought”.
Identity card of a Gulag staff member: Front cover: “USSR Proletariats of the World Unite Gulag”.
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”.
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.
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.
French propaganda poster produced by Paix et Liberté (Peace and Liberty), a French anti-communist organisation headed by Jean-Paul David.