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Was the Khmer Rouge really called The Organization?

Created: 06/08/13

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Posted Jun. 08, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
carolynv

Join Date: 04/17/11

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Was the Khmer Rouge really called The Organization?

I wonder because later in the novel the people were afraid of all organizations, even helpful ones. I looked on the internet and didn't find an answer. Does anyone know?


Posted Jun. 08, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
bettyt

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RE: Was the Khmer Rouge really called The Organization?

There's a reference to the Organization here:
http://www.pythiapress.com/wartales/vann-nath.html


Posted Jun. 09, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
lesleym

Join Date: 05/12/11

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RE: Was the Khmer Rouge really called The Organization?

The term for the khmer rouge "Organization" is also referred to in the following website http://www.edwebproject.org/sideshow/khmeryears/. The "Organization is also called "Angka" on this website.


Posted Jun. 10, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
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christy

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RE: Was the Khmer Rouge really called The Organization?

Knowing very little about the 'actual facts' of what The Organization was or wasn't I chose to think of this as an allegory for 'fear'---The Organization couldn't have been a tight network of information as that type of communication didn't exist to any extent in Cambodia during that time period---rather it was a 'POWER' that could not be visualized, named, did not have a face, but was all knowing ('you must obey The Organization'...). Even the so-called leaders of the Khmer Rouge were 'enemies' of The Organization if it was convenient....


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EmsBooks

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RE: Was the Khmer Rouge really called The Organization?

To build off Christy's comment, in the text, I thought that calling it The Organization worked to enhance the dehumanization of the people--they were not controlled by other People but by an entity.


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