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VOC Museum

Gallery II


Stalin's Terror

In Gallery II, visitors will come face to face with the heroes that fought against Communist oppression as well as the victims of its crimes. Joseph Stalin’s rise to power is presented alongside the gruesome stories of mass deportation to—and suffering within—the Gulag, described as a “meat grinder” by one of the most outspoken and famous Russian dissidents and forced labor camp survivors, Aleksander Solzhenitsyn. Visitors will witness how starvation, deprivation, imprisonment, and the murder of millions became banal under Stalin’s reign of Terror. They will also hear from dissidents and victims, including Cardinal József Mindszenty, Milada Horáková, Witold Pilecki, and Natalia Talanchuk. This gallery will illuminate the truths concerning the irreversible effects of the Communist ideology, warn against repeating history, and remember the deadly crimes of Communism. 


Tuesday – Saturday:
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM


900 15th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20005