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Documenting Communism


Published May 30, 2024

In the wake of the Soviet Union's collapse, the deputy director of the Hoover Institution, Charles Palm, embarked on a 12-year project to copy and publish millions of previously secret Soviet files, exposing the brutal reality of communism. Despite opposition from critics in Russia and the United States, the project triumphed, resulting in the publication of numerous scholarly works and setting an example of cooperation between once hostile nations. As communism continues to attract youth who have never experienced its brutality, the Hoover Institution's collection of Soviet archives serves as an invaluable resource to educate and expose the true nature of this deadly ideology.

To learn more or to purchase your own copy of Documenting Communism: The Hoover Project to Microfilm and Publish the Soviet Archives click here.

Check out More from Charles Palm:

  • Read "The Document that Ended an Empire" from Charles Palm here.
  • Read "Two Eras" from Charles Palm here.

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