By Gabriel Gherasim
In today’s America, the Victims of Communism seem to have only sporadic attention, primarily from conservative groups and the refugees themselves.
Yet, without the American population at large getting interested, informed, and involved in condemning the atrocities of over 100,000,000 (one hundred million) victims of various Communist systems around the world, killed in 94 years since the establishment of the first Communist dictatorship in Russia. It would be appropriate honoring of those civilians’ deaths with a clear understanding (and therefore proper appreciation) of what the rights and responsibilities of the American constitutional republican freedoms mean for its citizens. In the long run, whether by violent or gradual overthrow, the American society itself will live the Communist style dictatorships, simply because the citizens didn’t know, were not prepared, and didn’t act in support of their own freedoms.
In 2010 I wrote my Master’s thesis on this subject matter, which was published in 2011 under the title Victims of Communism and Their Persecutors.
As a political refugee myself, I have seen with my own eyes the Communist dictatorship abuses, including the permanent scars on my father’s legs, left from his imprisonment in the Communist prisons of Romania.
Sentenced to 12 years of prison by the Communist dictatorship because he helped during famine years with food some families of farmers who had been imprisoned in the 1950′s, because they had opposed the stealing of their lands and farm animals by the Communist dictatorship. He was arrested, beaten, tortured, imprisoned, and after release, he was given an “enemy of the State” label that followed him wherever he tried to seek work in Romania.
Yet, he managed to survive, and raise a wonderful family, with children who have called America home since the 1980′s. He kept telling me over the years that notwithstanding his ordeal, he was among the “lucky” ones, because he made it out of the Communist underground prisons alive. Most of his colleagues in suffering didn’t however.
In the United States Dr. Teodor Gherasim wrote two seminal books, easily found on Amazon and at other book store shelves, called Astride 2 Worlds and Ancient Dictators, Modern Tyrants, in which he exposed the danger of societies, when they moved from middle-class based societies, where the majority society benefits from the country’s economy and freedoms, to oligarchic societies, where only a few benefit from basic rights and commodities.
In the latter case, whether called royals, Communist Party nomenclature, or corporations, it leads the majority population in a state of virtual serfdom, while the elites lavish in tremendous luxury and power. With tremendous power, comes tremendous abuse, and this is why knowing about, condemning, and being vigilant about Communist atrocities, may help keep America free.
Various attempts by the US government to condemn Communist crimes have been made throughout the years, from the 1950′s US support of Nationalist China, and standing by the West Germans? when the Russians built the Berlin Wall (1) to the 2011 support of Vietnamese dissidents, including a church pastor and land activists, who were summarily convicted in a 1 (one) day trial to up to 8 years by the Communist government, for “attempting to overthrow” the Communist dictatorship, simply because they criticized the Communist government’s power abuses on the civilian population.
Yet, in the West, including in the United States, the violent destruction of the societies so dear to Marxist activists, are flirted with by corporations, politicians, and citizens alike, including with the cute label of “Communist chic”, as if killing millions of farmers, workers, students, intellectuals and religious leaders (priests, pastors, imams, rabbis, and Buddhist monks) is a trivial thing.
In fact, President Obama’s 2009 White House Christmas tree displaying an orb depicting the genocidal Chinese dictator Mao (3), London Fashion Week having models wear clothes (including panties) with hammer and sickle and Che Guevara likeness on several occasions, or Tim Vincent of television’s Access Hollywood going on air in 2006 sporting a hammer and sickle t-shirt, are some regrettable examples of what is now called “Communist chic”. Meanwhile, when in 2005, Prince Harry wore a Nazi uniform to a costume party, there was unanimous scandal in the media. Also, when a clothing chain in London inadvertently stocked a bag whose design included swastikas in 2009, there was a big outcry, and its instant removal from the shelves. As a side-note, in all probability, the bag came from India, where the swastika (in its original shape, not the Nazi one, which is inverted), is an old and perfectly honorable symbol (4).
In 2010, the same year Georgia took down Stalin’s statue in Grozni, America raised a statue of Stalin in Bedford Virginia, courtesy of the D-Day Memorial Foundation. It seems that without unequivocal and unilateral condemnation of Communism, including in the United States, the survivors of Communist atrocities, including the political and the religious refugees to this country, such as my father, still have to live with the idyllic explication of their torturers, and persecutors, as somehow being “justified liberators”.
Paradoxically, it is the formerly Communist countries such as Romania, which seem to keep educating their populations and the world on the Communist atrocities, such as itinerant exhibitions to the United States offered by The Romanian Cultural Center of New-York on Communist crimes, to Bucharest based Institute for the Studies of Communist Crimes (5).
In the United States, the Global Museum of Communism offers virtual information on the Communist crimes, easily accessible on internet.
My book, Victims of Communism and Their Persecutors (7) attempts to analyze from a mediator’s, facilitator’s and negotiator’s perspective, the Communist crimes, in terms of emotions, intentions, actions and reasons, with both the victims’ and the perpetrators’ testimony, of what is commonly called in Europe the Red Holocaust, with particular focus on Romania. It goes to the sources of intergroup conflicts, its cognitive factors, its implications for understanding and will make some recommendations for compensatory resolutions.
It does that by presenting an overview of several micro and macro-level approaches to understanding the origins, the nature and the dynamics of this conflict, as well as, of possible healing. It details several psychological, social, economical, political, systematic, and cultural perspectives that have led to and are still making innocent victims, from Cuba to China, in the name of Marxism and of the Communist Party.
Without the condemnation of the Communist ideology and crimes, by the world at large, and without the inclusion of educational programs in schools all over the world, on the destructive premises of false sociology that Communism has been propagating from 1800′s Marxism to 2011 Chinese, N. Korean or Cuban dictatorships, the world will learn nothing from its crimes, and will therefore expose itself to new abuses based on similar criminal ideologies (8).
Much in the same vein with the American poetess Audre Lorde (1983), it is also the opinion of this writer that there is no hierarchy of oppression for the victims, and nor should be one for those who analyze these crimes. Qualifying one tragedy as greater than the other (such as pitting the Nazi victims versus the Communist victims and vice-versa), will only serve to the various perpetrator propagandas and agendas, be they committed by left or right wing dictatorships, past, present, or future, according to the a adage: Divide et Impera (Divide and Conquer).
In all religions of the East and West, with the exception of satanic or suicidal cults, the sanctity of all human life is universally recognized as priceless, since time immemorial. It is when false paradigms of economical, racial, ethnic, religious, military, geographical, gender or other social hierarchies are made, that some human beings decide to eliminate other human beings.
For those Americans who think that ignoring the victims of Communism and avoiding to condemn the violent aims and methods of Communist dictatorship, may not affect their life-styles, I may only suggest the Georgia Stones, a 1979 project which exists today in the Elbert county, Georgia, which under the idyllic nickname of the Georgia Guide stones suggests among other criminal ideas to: “Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance (?!) with nature.” (i.e. killing the excess population and prohibiting individuals to reproduce outside these standards) (9).
It is the intention of the author of the Victims of Communism and Their Persecutors, to inform its readers on the greatest unsolved problem of the 20th century and one of the most repugnant episodes in the history of mankind, and to suggest conferences on this topic, exhibits, research, books, courses, and other activities that could fulfill this imperious need. This in turn will create an American population acutely aware of its freedoms and ready to get involved in avoiding that any dictatorships may come to the United States.
3. Foxnews, (2009). White House Christmas Decor Featuring Mao Zedong Comes Under Fire. New-York, NY: Foxnews. Retrieved on August, 30 2010:
4. Nordlinger, J. (2011). Undies, Comrade?. Lodon, England: National Review Online, January 24 2011. Retrieved on January 24 2011:
5. ICR Institute (2010). Crimele Comunismului (The Communist Crimes). Bucharest, Romania:
The Romanian Institute for Studies of Communist Crimes. Retrieved on August 13 2010 from:
6. Globalmuseumoncommunism.org. (2010) Washington, DC. Retrieved on August 13 2010 from: http://www.globalmuseumoncommunism.org/
7. Video Presentation on You Tube:
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About the author: Gabriel Gherasim has a Masters in Conflict Resolution and Peace Building from California State University. He is an author and correspondent from New-York for various Romanian language newspapers from the USA, Canada, Romania, Moldova, Israel, Australia and New Zeeland.