Children of Cambodia's Killing Fields Memoirs by Survivors

ISBN-10: 0300078730

ISBN-13: 9780300078732

Edition: 1999

Authors: Dith Pran, Kim DePaul

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These eyewitness accounts of life in Cambodia during Pol Pot's genocidal Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1979 were written by survivors who were children at the time. They reveal that the Khmer Rouge subjected them to brainwashing and forced labour.
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 4/10/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Photojournalist Dith Pran was born in Siem Reap, Cambodia on September 23, 1942. He learned French in school and taught himself English. He had numerous jobs including working as a translator for the United States Military Assistance Command, with a British film crew, as a hotel receptionist and as an interpreter for foreign journalists. His journalistic partner was Sydney H. Schanberg, a Times correspondent assigned to Southeast Asia. During their time in Cambodia, Pran translated, took notes and pictures, and helped Schanberg maneuver the country. After the fall of Phnom Penh in 1975, Schanberg was forced to the leave the country and Dith became a prisoner of the Cambodian Communists. He survived beatings, backbreaking labor and a diet of a tablespoon of rice a day for more than four years before escaping over the Thai border on October 3, 1979. Schanberg wrote about Pran in newspaper articles and in a 1980 cover article titled The Death and Life of Dith Pran that appeared in The New York Times Magazine. In 1985, a book by the same title was published and the story became the basis for the movie The Killing Fields. He moved to New York and became a photographer for The Times. He also spoke about the Cambodian genocide to student groups and other organizations. In 1997, he published a book of essays by Cambodians who had witnessed the genocide as children. He died of pancreatic cancer on March 30, 2008.

Compiler's Note
Introduction: A World Turned Upside Down
Songs My Enemies Taught Me
A Letter to My Mother
Worms from Our Skin
One Spoon of Rice
Memoir of a Child's Nightmare
New Year's Surprise
The Dark Years of My Life
Jail Without Walls
Witnessing the Horror
The Unfortunate Cambodia
Living in the Darkness
A Four-Year-Old's View of the Khmer Rouge
The Tragedy of My Homeland
Hurt, Pain, and Suffering
The Darkness of My Experience
Survival in Spite of Fear
Pol Pot
A Bitter Life
The Unplanned Journey
My Mother's Courage
Escaping the Horror
When the Owl Cries
The End of Childhood
My Sadness
Life in Communism
The Nightmare
Imprinting Compassion
The Tonle Sap Lake Massacre
Notes to the Introduction
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