Memoirs are a window into events of the past or peoples lives. The more that people read memoirs, the more people understand about the world around them. That is why many memoirs are considered to be classics.
There have been many different Genocides throughout our history. According to the merriam-webster.com a genocide is “the deliberate killing of people who belong to a particular racial, political, or cultural group” (genocide). Many famous memoirs have come from these genocides, and many have come from events that do not exactly classify as genocides.
Many sites such as listverse.com, toptenz.net, and 8list.ph have created lists of the most horrific genocides in history, there are 8 that come up time and time again they are the Genocide of North Korean Prison Camps, the Genocide of Native Americans, the Bosnian Genocide, Stalin’s Genocides, The Chinese Cultural Revolution, the Rwandan Genocide, the Armenian Genocide, and of course the Holocaust(Devlin, Danelek, Fabie).
When it comes to North Korea, outside countries have no real way to know about what is going on inside of this mysterious country's borders.You may ask how do we even know about the Prison camps that are within North Korea if the government denies their existence? One way that we have been able to verify that they do really exist is by satellite imagery, we have images that have clearly outlined pieces of land with industrial buildings, tons of smaller buildings, and very large fences, but we would not have known to even look for such things if it wasn't for the help of one man, Shin Dong-Hyuk. Shin is the only person to have escaped from a North Korean prison camp. He escaped from what is rumored to be the most atrocious prison camp in North Korea, Camp 14. His memoir Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey From North Korea to Freedom in the West is the only look that we, as outsiders have in on this very secret yet horrific event that is still an occurring issue.
Unlike the situation in North Korea in which we know very little or nothing about about, everyone in America knows about the Genocide of the Native Americans. In history class we learn about the Trail of Tears and many other Native American removal methods, but we never truly look at them like it is a genocide. This particular event happened right here, the land of the free, but it wasn't always that way. In our countries latter years, we send our troops around the world to defend the helpless, but not too long before had we been home to our own genocide.
In the early 90’s we had the Bosnian Genocide when Ratko Mladić sent orders to kill thousands of Muslims and Serbs in Bosnia. The point of this was to “ethnically cleanse” the lands tainted by those particular religions (Devlin). There were many different removal methods such as fires and beheadings. These punishments were not doled out to only adults, these punishments were placed upon children as well, in the memoir Zlata’s Diary, we are shown...