Prime Minister of Poland Announces $10M Gift for Victims of Communism Museum

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Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced the Republic of Poland’s $10 million gift to the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation’s project to build a museum in Washington DC. Prime Minister Morawiecki made the announcement by video message to hundreds gathered in Washington DC’s Union Station at the Foundation’s Triumph of Liberty gala dinner.

“The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation ensures that future generations fully appreciate the difference between collectivist oppression and a free society,” said the Prime Minister. The future “museum, in the capital of the free world, is a fitting place to tell that story and make the case for freedom. That is why Poland is proud to support the project.”

“As a non-partisan organization unanimously authorized by the United States Congress in 1993 to educate the public about the danger of communism and its legacy, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is ideally suited to establish a museum and ensure that future generations fully appreciate the difference between collectivist oppression and a free society, and comprehend the unspeakable human cost of totalitarian utopias.”

“I wish you every success in your fundraising campaign. The more than 100 million victims of communism worldwide deserve to be honored and commemorated. The Marxist ideology that demanded their sacrifice must be clearly identified as the rationale behind the brutal mass killings. We Poles understand that only too well; we believe that their story deserves to be known. I look forward to see your foundation use the museum to tell that missing story.”

Marion Smith, executive director of the Foundation, thanked the Prime Minister and the Polish people reminding the audience that “the tide of freedom has receded around the world in 2018. From Hong Kong to Venezuela to Nicaragua, single-party dictatorships appealing to Marxism as their claim to justice and socialism as their path forward have brought an all-too-familiar form of tyranny to new populations. The People of Poland know that ideas have consequences and their gift today will help us put communism on the ash heap of history by educating future generations.”

Dr. Lee Edwards, chairman of the VOC Board of Trustees, said “when we first conceived of this museum in Washington DC, the Republic of Poland was a fledgling democracy going through painful and necessary economic reforms after the fall of communism. Today, they are the vanguard of NATO and a standard-bearer for free and prosperous post-communist countries. It is fitting and special that their lead gift will help inspire many more.”

The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is a Washington-based, non-profit educational and human rights organization devoted to commemorating the more than 100 million victims of communism around the world and to the freedom of those still living under totalitarian regimes. VOC was authorized by a unanimous act of Congress on December 17, 1993 and signed by President Bill Clinton.