Pol Pots og De Røde Khmerers totalitære regime

Anne Mikkelsen, Emilie Grum, Freja Katrine Balle, Kudret Cetinkaya, Magnus Nørhave Nielsen, Marina Canic, Mikkel Nielsen & Thor Bruselius Gram

Student thesis: Termpaper


This paper examines how the Pol Pot and Khmer Rouge regime evolved from 1975 to 1979, and what consequences it had for the victims of the regime. First of all, this paper starts with a description of key parts of the Cambodian history, relevant to our subject, dating back to 1942 and ending in 1979. Throughout the analysis and the interpretation of three books: “They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers”, “Surviving Year Zero: My Four Years Under the Khmer Rouge”, and “The Lost Executioner: A Story of the Khmer Rouge”, it becomes clear that a compact definition of a ‘victim’ is very hard to define. Furthermore, the paper contains a source criticism paragraph, evaluating whether or not the three books can be used for analysis, in terms of credibility, and thus if our analysis’ too can be trusted. Finally, the paper contains a discussion and evaluation, regarding the definition of a victim and how the victims from our books can be identified as such. All three main characters and their individually story will be discussed, with the purpose of clarifying if one can both be a victim and a perpetrator.

EducationsBasic - Bachelor Study Programme in Humanities, (Bachelor Programme) Basic
Publication date25 Jan 2016
SupervisorsMicheal Kjeldsen


  • Cambodja
  • Pol Pot
  • De Røde Khmerer