THE Anne Frank exhibition (LET, October 2) was well-timed. We should keep pressing home to the present generation the horrors which were perpetrated by German National Socialists.

Neither should we ever forget the terrible atrocities committed in the name of Communism, which are still being perpetrated in some countries today.

We should never forget those 20 million dead Soviet casualties of the Stalin epoch.

This figure is now given in the former USSR and the general total of 'repressed' is now stated - for example, in the new high school textbooks - as around 40 million, about half of them in the peasant terror of 1929 to 1933 and the other half from 1937 to 1953.

We should never forget that, over two decades ago, the former USSR accused Communist China of murdering 25 million unwanted Chinese. Now, and for many years past, there is the occupation by Communist China of Tibet and the mass murder of Tibetans, one of the most peace-loving nations on the planet.

Up to 200,000 men, women and children are being held in brutal prison camps in North Korea, as political prisoners - often for merely speaking out against the Communist regime.

I have had my say. Would I be free to do so in a Communist country?

BERT HARDWICK, Warner Street, Accrington.

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