The Elimination

The Elimination

A Survivor of the Khmer Rouge Confronts His Past and the Commandant of the Killing Fields

Book - 2012
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"From the internationally acclaimed director of S-21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine, a survivor's autobiography that confronts the evils of the Khmer Rouge dictatorship. Rithy Panh was only eleven years old when the Khmer Rouge expelled his family from Phnom Penh in 1975. In the months and years that followed, his entire family was executed, starved, or worked to death. Thirty years later, after having become a respected filmmaker, Rithy Panh decides to question one of the men principally responsible for the genocide, Comrade Duch, who's neither an ordinary person nor a demon--he's an educated organizer, a slaughterer who talks, forgets, lies, explains, and works on his legacy. This confrontation unfolds into an exceptional narrative of human history and an examination of the nature of evil. The Elimination stands among the essential works that document the immense tragedies of the twentieth century, with Primo Levi's If This Is a Man and Elie Wiesel's Night"--
"Rithy Panh was only eleven years old when the Khmer Rouge expelled his family from Phnom Penh in 1975. In the months and years that followed, his entire family was executed, starved, or worked to death. Thirty years later, after having become a respected filmmaker, Panh decides to question one of the men principally responsible for the genocide, Comrade Duch, who's neither an ordinary person nor a demon- he's an educated organizer, a slaughterer who talks, forgets, lies, explains, and works on his legacy. This confrontation unfolds into an exceptional narrative of human history and an examination of the nature of evil. The Elimination stands among the essential works that document the immense tragedies of the twentieth century, with Primo Levi's If This Is a Man and Elie Wiesel's Night"--
Publisher: New York : Other Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9781590515587
1590515587
Branch Call Number: 959.604 Rithy
Characteristics: 271 p. ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Bataille, Christophe
Alternative Title: Élimination.

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Jan 22, 2019

A shocking story of genocide that attests to human capacity to act inhumanely. And the civilized world stood by once again. The story is told by a survivor who is part poet, part philosopher and is probably never going to get over his trauma. 1.7 million Cambodians were tortured and died while Pol Pot the architect of this crime died at home in bed.

emily8 May 11, 2014

Very thought provoking - recommended.

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