Children of Cambodia's Killing Fields: Memoirs by Survivors

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Kim DePaul
Yale University Press, 1999 - History - 224 pages
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This extraordinary book contains eyewitness accounts of life in Cambodia during Pol Pot's genocidal Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1979, accounts written by survivors who were children at the time. The book has been put together by Dith Pran, whose own experiences in Cambodia were so graphically portrayed in the film The Killing Fields.

The testimonies related here bear poignant witness to the slaughter the Khmer Rouge inflicted on the Cambodian people. The contributors--most of them now in the United States and pictured in photographs that accompany their stories--report on life in Democratic Kampuchea as seen through children's eyes. They speak of their bewilderment and pain as Khmer Rouge cadres tore their families apart, subjected them to harsh brainwashing, drove them from their homes to work in forced-labor camps, and executed captives in front of them. Their stories tell of suffering and the loss of innocence, the struggle to survive against all odds, and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit.

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There has never been a more deadly genocide of its own people than in Cambodia. When Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge regime descended into Cambodia in April of 1975 they brought with them a rein of terror like ... Read full review


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Horrific childhood testimonies by survivors of the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia. These 30 brief narratives were collected by Pran from now-adult survivors of Pol Pot's killing fields. Most of ... Read full review


Compilers Note DITH PRAN
Songs My Enemies Taught Me SOPHILINE CHEAM SHAPIRO 1
Memoir of a Childs Nightmare SOPHEAP K HANG 27
Jail Without WallsCHARLES OK 51
Living in the Darkness ROEUN SAM 73
A PourYearOlds View of the Khmer Rouge SARAH P TUN 83
Survival in Spite of Fear GEN L LEE 105
Notes to the Introduction 195

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About the author (1999)

Dith Pran is a photojournalist for the New York Times and founder of the Dith Pran Holocaust Awareness Project. Kim DePaul is the wife of Dith Pran and executive director of his project.

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