The Cambodian Genocide And The Holocaust

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The day that the survivors of the Cambodian Genocide will never forget, was the day that the Cambodian society took a turn for the worse. On April 17, 1975, Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge went to Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, took control and renamed it Democratic Kampuchea also known as DK. Pol Pot announced to all the citizens that he had to “purify” the Cambodian society. Although the Cambodian genocide did not kill as many people as other genocides such as the Holocaust, it is still just as important. I think that the Cambodian Genocide is an awful thing that took place and I feel bad for all the victims of racism. I also think that the perpetrators in this situation are heartless because of the torture that they put the people Cambodian society through because those people were discriminated and did not deserve it. Just like other people who get discriminated by in other genocides such as the Holocaust. When the Jews were discriminated by Nazi’s in the Holocaust .
Pol Pot shut the country off from all outside influences such as newspapers, radio, television, mail, and even money. This was Pol Pot’s attempt to go back in time and have a higher control over the people. Human rights were revoked, no more free speech, religion was forbidden when 90 percent of the people were Buddhists. There was no traveling was permitted and the whole community was put on schedules and have strict rules. People who broke even the smallest rule were killed. People who were inhabitants were forced out of the cities by the Khmer Rouge army. Two million people had to leave Phnom Penh and travel to the countryside to be under complete Pol Pot control. Approximately twenty thousand died while traveling to the countryside. The individuals, who admitted to being associated with the government/army officers, were killed. They started to die in the thousands of starvation. The journey to the countryside took six weeks and after they arrived the people were forced into slave labor, the slave labor killed off a lot of them because of starvation, disease and being overworked. Then Khmer Rouge figured out who all the educated and the wealthy such as doctors, teachers, lawyers [and their relatives], Buddhists monks were all killed. Political, Social and Ethic groups were the main targets in the Cambodian genocide. (“Cambodian”) Some people crossed the border and asked the Vietnamese to help the Cambodians take back what was theirs in the first place. Vietnam agreed to help and invaded Cambodia on December 25, 1978 and took back Phnom Penh on January 7, 1979. Pol Pot exiled to Thailand and lived there for twenty years, but later in April 1998 he died in his sleep. It was later estimated that 1.7 million out of 7.1 million Cambodians died during the Cambodian genocide. This was similar to the Holocaust because Hitler wanted to make their nation “pure”. Also the horrible treatment of people was similar in the two genocides. Khmer Rouge commonly executed members on suspicions of...

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