The Victims of Communism Memorial is one of the lesser-known memorials in Washington, DC. It’s dedicated to the more than 100 million people throughout the world who’ve been murdered in the name of Communism. This is in addition to the 60 million people who died in World War Two.
It’s a replica of the “Goddess of Democracy,” a temporary monument erected by student protestors in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989. And it’s located at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue, New Jersey Avenue, and G Street, NW.
These are the estimates of people killed by Communist governments from The Black Book of Communism by Stephane Courtois.
- 65 million in the People’s Republic of China
- 20 million in the Soviet Union
- 2 million in Cambodia
- 2 million in North Korea
- 1.7 million in Ethiopia
- 1.5 million in Afghanistan
- 1 million in the Eastern Bloc
- 1 million in Vietnam
- 150,000 in Latin America
- 10,000 deaths “resulting from actions of the international Communist movement and Communist parties not in power.”