Holocaust Museum to Show Khmer Rouge Exhibits

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington is hosting two exhibitions on atrocities under the Khmer Rouge regime.

The first, “Cambodia 1975-1979,” which chronicles life under the regime, opened last month. The second, “I Want Justice!,” centering on the current tribunal process, opens Saturday, the museum confirmed Sunday.

Documentation Center of Cambodia director Youk Chhang, right, and Sirik Savina, left, watch as a Khmer Rouge artifact is unwrapped at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington on May 4. (Men Pechet/Documentation Center of Cambodia)
Documentation Center of Cambodia director Youk Chhang, right, and Sirik Savina, left, watch as a Khmer Rouge artifact is unwrapped at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington on May 4. (Men Pechet/Documentation Center of Cambodia)

Stories of victims and survivors are told through testimonies, photographs, film and artifacts obtained from individuals and institutions including the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam), the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, the Bophana Center and the Khmer Rouge tribunal.

“It is important that the Khmer Rouge history which was one of the mass atrocities in human history [be] represented in the Holocaust museum given its common elements of mass destruction of life and legacies left behind by the regime,” Sirik Savina, director of DC-Cam’s Sleuk Rith Institute Museum of Memory who organized materials for the exhibits, said via email.

“It’s equally important that stories from the Khmer Rouge period including voices of those who died and survived are heard [by] the world.”

Both exhibits will be on display until October 2017.

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