VOC Caucus Congressional Letter to European Commission President Jean–Claude Juncker

 
 A conceptual representation of a statue of Karl Marx stands in the town square of Trier, Germany, the city where Marx was born in 1818. This wooden stand-in was erected to give residents an idea of how a bronze statue — a gift from the Chinese Communist Party — would look. Credit:  Harald Tittel/Picture-Alliance , via the  New York Times

A conceptual representation of a statue of Karl Marx stands in the town square of Trier, Germany, the city where Marx was born in 1818. This wooden stand-in was erected to give residents an idea of how a bronze statue — a gift from the Chinese Communist Party — would look. Credit: Harald Tittel/Picture-Alliance, via the New York Times

 

Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), and Dennis A. Ross (R-FL), co-chairs of the Congressional Victims of Communism Caucus, wrote to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday, urging him not to appear or speak at the May 5th unveiling event of the statue of Karl Marx which the People’s Republic of China has gifted to Marx's hometown, the city of Trier, Germany.

The city council of Trier’s decision to accept China’s Karl Marx statue as a gift is a direct insult to the millions of Europeans who suffered for half a century under Marxist dictatorships.

     The co-chairs advised President Juncker that if he does speak at the unveiling, he should put the victims of communism at the center of his remarks and “speak the truth” about Marx, as dictators since Marx’s time have applied his revolutionary ideology in practice.

     “Violence and Marxism go hand in hand,” the letter stated, noting that Marx, in an 1848 newspaper article, said that “revolutionary terror” was necessary to bring about “the new society.”

     “Marx’s defenders often say he cannot be held accountable for what communist regimes did long after his life and death; but Marxist dictators who massacred their own people were applying communist ideology to political practice,” the letter stated. 

Adapted in part from the official statement of Representative Chris Smith. Read Rep. Smith's full statement on the unveiling here.