WASHINGTON—A donation from a former Soviet-bloc country has set in motion plans to build an international museum for victims of communism in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Lee Edwards, chairman of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOCMF), announced last week that Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban had made a “major commitment” to a “brick-and-mortar museum” that morning.
“We are confident that our other friends and supporters here in America and around the world will step forward and join the international campaign to build an international museum on communism on or near the Mall, here in Washington,” he said at a June 12 event celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Victims of Communism Memorial.
A nonprofit educational organization, the VOCMF was founded by an act of congress to commemorate the over 100 million victims of communist rule, the organization’s website states.
The VOCMF presently runs the online Global Museum on Communism, the only museum on the Internet dedicated to telling the story of communism, Dr. Edwards said.
The site not only includes timelines, maps, individual country sections, and profiles of tyrants and heroes, but also provides interactive areas to upload personal experiences and provide feedback.
Edwards said the online museum has had over 125 thousand hits from over 180 countries including from China, Vietnam, and Cuba.
A leading historian of American conservatism, Dr. Edwards also announced the rollout of an educational curriculum on communism for high school students that incorporates the Global Communism Museum.
“It is a dynamic, interactive 10-lesson plan for teachers to help them instruct their pupils about the history, philosophy, and legacy of communism,” he said.
The VOCMF will begin marketing the plan to public, private, and home schools in the fall, Edwards said.