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Genocide Museum Tuol Sleng

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Genocide Museum Tuol Sleng represents the territory and the building of secondary school converted into the notorious "security prison 21" or (S-21) by the Khmer Rouge. "Tuol Sleng" translated from Khmer means "Hill of the poisoned forest" or "strychnine Hill". Tuol Sleng was one of at least 150 centres executions and torture, created by the Khmer Rouge and, according to research at this institution from 1975 to 1979 he was tortured more than twenty thousand prisoners.

In 1975 an ordinary school Toul Svay prey troops of Pol Pot was transformed into a prison. All prisoners thrown into S-21, were shot on film before and after torture. The exhibits of the Museum halls are a series of rooms with black and white photographs of dead children later, men and women with wooden plates on the chest with the number and date of recording, which were later killed. In addition to local residents in the S-21 detention and foreigners from Australia, New Zealand and the USA, none of them survived.

When the "revolution of the Khmer Rouge" got to the extreme point of madness, she began to destroy itself. Generations of torturers and executioners who worked in the prison in turn were killed by their successors. In early 1977, when the party began cleaning staff of the East zone to S-21 were daily killed about 100 people.

At the time of the liberation of Phnom Penh's army of Vietnam in early 1979, S-21 was discovered only seven surviving prisoners in the courtyard and the interior of the body found tortured to death fourteen persons. Their burial in the yard - also part of the exhibition. Two of the miracle survivor, Chum Mey and Bo Meng, is still alive and often spend time in S-21, telling visitors about the stay in prison.

A visit to the Tuol Sleng Museum, created in 1980 - not for the faint of heart; quiet suburb, easy school buildings, children's Playground, side by side with tiers of rusted beds, instruments of torture and a series of portraits of the prisoners.