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Memorial to victims of communist governments

Flowers, mostly artificial, placed on ‘Twelve Responses to Tragedy’, a ‘memorial placed here by members of all parties of both Houses of Parliament and many other sympathisers in memory of the countless men, women and children from the Soviet Union and other East Europe States who were imprisoned and died at the hands of communist governments after being repatriated at the conclusion of the Second World War’, in Yalta Memorial Garden (also known as the Cromwell Gardens Triangle, or Thurloe Place Gardens), South Kensington, London.

This memorial, dedicated on 2 August 1986, replaces an earlier one, dedicated on 6 March 1982, ‘but … later destroyed by vandals to whom the truth was intolerable’.

It is said that the area now occupied by the Yalta Memorial Garden remained vacant because it is the site of a former plague pit.

Photographed 4 February 2023.

Edited 29 June 2023.

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