The witness project

Watch these survivors tell their stories. 

The Witness Project is a video series featuring the powerful stories of the victims of communism.

 

CUBA

ROSA MARÍA PAYÁ

Oswaldo Payá was murdered by the Castro brothers because he dared to believe his country could be free from the grip of communism. Today, his daughter Rosa María tells his inspirational story and wages her own battle to finally bring democracy to Cuba.

CAMBODIA

NAL OUM

Nal Oum rose from humble beginnings to earn a scholarship to study in Paris and eventually become a medical doctor in his native Cambodia. His education became a liability, however, when the fanatical Khmer Rouge took over the country, and he is believed to be the only physician to have escaped the Khmer Rouge death camps.

CHINA

ANASTASIA LIN

Miss World Canada Anastasia Lin left her home country of China as a young girl. It wasn't until many years later that she first learned about the horrors of Tiananmen Square from outside China. Sadly, she's not the only one....

HUNGARY

DÁNIEL MAGAY

Dániel’s idyllic childhood was wrecked when communist authorities targeted his father. Though his efforts to escape communism brought Dániel to the 1956 Olympic Games and, eventually, San Francisco, Dániel remains deeply shaped by having grown up under that brutal system.

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