Victims of Communism Centennial Commemoration
Truth • Justice • Memory
November 7 - 9, 2017
On a cold night in Petrograd, one hundred years ago, a small group of Red Guards seized the Winter Palace and installed the world's first communist government. The Bolshevik Revolution marked the beginning of a century in which adherents to communist ideology committed some of the worst and most widespread atrocities known to history. This November, we will gather to honor the memory of the more than 100 million victims of communism, to celebrate liberty where it has triumphed, and to further our pursuit of a world free from communism.
Natan Sharansky, Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom Recipient
Natan Sharansky is a former Soviet dissident, political prisoner, and lifelong champion of freedom and democracy. After nine years in prison, his release came as a result of intense pressure from an international campaign organized by his wife. He immigrated to Israel where he founded a political party to support Soviet Jews. He served in multiple governments, including as Deputy Prime Minister. He is the author of Fear No Evil and The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny & Terror.
Memorial Society, Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom Recipient
Memorial Society is an international historical, educational, human rights, and charitable organization founded in 1989 by Andrei Sakharov and other leading Soviet dissidents to document the crimes of the Soviet Union. Its mission is to promote mature civil society and democracy based on rule of law, to assist the formation of public consciousness and the establishment of human rights in practical politics and in public life, and to promote the revelation of the truth about the historical past and perpetuate the memory of the victims of political repression under the Soviet Union.
Niall Ferguson, Keynote Speaker
Niall Ferguson is a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and a senior fellow at Harvard University’s Center for European Studies. A prolific writer specializing in finance, economics, and international history, he is the author of many best-selling and acclaimed books, including Civilization: The West and the Rest and, most recently, the first volume of the authorized biography of Henry Kissinger entitled Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist.