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He Shall Bear Witness

The atrocities of the Third Reich and the Japanese prisoner-of-war camps in World War II have been extensively archived in survivors' accounts, scholarly histories and documentary films. Yet the gruesome orgy of self-vivisection carried out in Cambodia by the Khmer Rouge from 1975 to 1978 left behind far fewer records. History in Cambodia remains intertwined with legend, as it has since the classical era of Angkor, and the regime's reign of terror was hideously efficient, leaving very few survivors to give witness to the inner workings of the machinery of death.

The Gate, the memoirs of Franšois Bizot,...

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