Dead Communists

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When I was in high school I went on a class trip to Moscow and was impressed with Lenin's tomb. The soviets had worked very hard to preserve Lenin's corpse, inventing a whole new technology for the purpose, later used on both Mao and Ho Chi Minh. The once-secret 15 member Mausoleum Group still tends to the body.

In 1988 I embarked on my Three Dead Communists trip and visited the tombs of Lenin, the "Great Helmsman" Chairman Mao, and "Uncle" Ho Chi Minh. I also visited some lesser known tombs. My photos from Beijing were unfortunately lost by Kodak.


Red Square and Lenin's tomb, April 1971 (L) and December 1989 (R).

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The "Great Helmsman" Chairman Mao (this is not his tomb).


"Uncle" Ho Chi Minh's tomb, July 1989.

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This is as close as I got to "Great Leader" Kim Il Sung.

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The mausoleum Çeausescu built for himself, and the simple grave he ended up in.

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Giorgi Dimitrov's Mausoleum was built in six days but took over a week to demolish in 1999 even with high explosives.


Çeausescu's and Hoxha's houses.

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Jim Rees