What Are The Similarities Between The Cambodian Genocide And The Holocaust

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The Cambodian Genocide occurred from 1975 to 1979. This genocide was executed by the Khmer Rouge which was lead by Pol Pot. According to the article “Pol Pot”, in 1953 a man named Saloth Sar entered a communist group under the fictitious name of Pol Pot and he took the role of a leader for this group in 1962. The Khmer Rouge’s goal was to completely erase the ways of Cambodia and create an agricultural based country. Anyone who didn’t agree with this would be killed. In order to gain power government officials were killed off and soldiers forced people to listen to them or they risked the chance of dying.

During the Cambodian Genocide roughly 3 million people were murdered by starvation, gunshots, beatings, and many other ways, as written …show more content…

Pol Pot and Hitler had the same idea of “purifying” their society in a sense that the Germans were a superior race and that everyone in Cambodia lived in very specific ways and that their lives were strictly agricultural based. In the book “Night By Elie Wiesel” Elie talks about the crematoriums and how bodies were just stacked up everywhere being thrown into large fires just like how during the Cambodian Genocide skulls and bones of the victims were stacked besides the killing fields for everyone to see. Over triple the amount of people killed during the Cambodian Genocide were killed during the …show more content…

They had to find away to stop it and prevent it from occurring again. The perpetrators were not prosecuted till around 2003 and this is because Cambodia was still struggling to run a stable government. “Worldwithoutgenocide.org” states that, “ The UN wanted to create a court resembling the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, but the Cambodian government resisted the establishment of such as court.” This shows that the United Nations were at least putting an effort into trying to bring the Khmer Rouge to justice. Since the Cambodian government was hesitant on having help from the UN most of the perpetrators were dead before they could be convicted. Even though there is evidence of the genocide large amounts of people were in denial about the Cambodian Genocide ever occurring because of this the website, “worldwithoutgenocide.org”, says that in 2013 the Cambodian Government passed a law that made it illegal to deny it. Many people were sent to prison for their ties with the Khmer Rouge and the Cambodian Genocide; however, many people also escaped the government's grasp and were left to live even after the murder of

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