05.04 Holocaust: Honors
What Do I Submit?
How does the Holocaust compare with other well-documented instances of genocide? Choose an example from those listed below. Research the facts and write a five-paragraph essay comparing and contrasting another instance of genocide with the Nazi Holocaust. * Pol Pot in Cambodia: 1975-1979
* Bosnia-Herzegovina: 1992-1995
* Rwanda: 1994
* Darfur: 2003
In your essay, be sure to:
* recount historical facts accurately
* cite any outside sources
To begin your research you may want to start with one of these sources: * The History Place
* "A Brief History of Genocide"
If Holocaust were the worst mass murder of the world then, I thought Pol Pot was the most insane destruction in Cambodian. Pol Pot was born in 1925 in a farming family in central Cambodia, which was part of French Indochina. At age 20, he traveled to Paris on a scholarship to study radio electronics and absorbed in Marxism and neglected his studies. He returns to Cambodia in 1953 after he lost his scholarship and joined the underground Communist. 1962, Pol Pot became leader of Cambodian Communist Party and was forced to flee into the jungle to escape the wrath of Prince Norodom Sihanouk, leader of Cambodia. In there, he formed an armed group that became known as Khmer Rouge and waged a guerilla war against Sihanouk’s government. In 1970, Prince Sihanouk was ousted when due to a U.S.-backed right-wing military coup; then joining Pol Pot, his former enemy, in opposing Cambodia’s new military government. That year, U.S. invaded Cambodia to expel the North Vietnamese from their border encampments and allied with the Khmer Rouge. From 1963 to 1973, the U.S. intermittently bombed North Vietnam, killing up 150,000 Cambodian peasants. In 1975, the U.S. had withdrawn its troops from Vietnam and Cambodia’s government plagued by corruption and incompetence, so lost its American military support. Pol Pot was using that opportunity...
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