Man or Monster?: The Trial of a Khmer Rouge Torturer
Alexander Laban Hinton is Founding Director, Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights and Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University. He is coeditor of Colonial Genocide in Indigenous North America, also published by Duke University Press, and author of the award-winning Why Did They Kill?: Cambodia in the Shadow of Genocide.
Commandant: (Functioning of S-21)
This chapter explores the phase of the trial that focused on the functioning of S-21. Duch was questioned about his daily life, including when and what he ate and his interactions with his deputies Hor and Huy. The chapter discusses the prison population and prisoners’ path into S-21 and treatment therein, including the structure of Duch’s interrogation units, which included “hot,” “cold,” and “chewing” teams.