Children of Cambodia's Killing Fields: Memoirs by Survivors

April 10, 1999|
Children of Cambodia's Killing Fields: Memoirs by Survivors by Dith Pran
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"Childhood testimonies by survivors of the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia. . . . Compelling."—Kirkus Reviews

"Underscores with great poignancy the horror of the Pol Pot period."—Nancy J. Smith-Hefner, Journal of Asian Studies

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.
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.
Title:Children of Cambodia's Killing Fields: Memoirs by Survivors
Product dimensions:224 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:224 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 1 in
Published:April 10, 1999
Publisher:Yale University Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300078732

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