Khmer Rouge

US Holocaust Museum Planning Cambodia Exhibit

One aim of the visit is to put data from the UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal into a exhibition at the Holocaust museum in Washington.

Youk Chhang, Elizabeth Becker and Michael ABRAMOWITZ, USHMM Director and his delegations at a B52 bomb pond near the Chinese airport, Kampong Chhnang province. Oct 24, 2012. Photo by Nhean Socheat.Youk Chhang, Elizabeth Becker and Michael ABRAMOWITZ, USHMM Director and his delegations at a B52 bomb pond near the Chinese airport, Kampong Chhnang province. Oct 24, 2012. Photo by Nhean Socheat.
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Youk Chhang, Elizabeth Becker and Michael ABRAMOWITZ, USHMM Director and his delegations at a B52 bomb pond near the Chinese airport, Kampong Chhnang province. Oct 24, 2012. Photo by Nhean Socheat.
Youk Chhang, Elizabeth Becker and Michael ABRAMOWITZ, USHMM Director and his delegations at a B52 bomb pond near the Chinese airport, Kampong Chhnang province. Oct 24, 2012. Photo by Nhean Socheat.
Kong SothanarithVOA Khmer
PHNOM PENH - A delegation from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum arrived in Cambodia this week, with plans to create a virtual tour of the Khmer Rouge tribunal back in Washington, officials said Thursday.

The 19-member delegation includes Michael Abramowitz, director of the museum’s Committee on Conscience, and Michael Chertoff, former Homeland Security chief.

Youk Chhang, Elizabeth Becker and Michael ABRAMOWITZ, USHMM Director and his delegations at a mass grave site with a nun Sim Ry who survived the Khmer Rouge, Kampong Chhnang province. Oct 24, 2012. Photo by Nhean SocheatYouk Chhang, Elizabeth Becker and Michael ABRAMOWITZ, USHMM Director and his delegations at a mass grave site with a nun Sim Ry who survived the Khmer Rouge, Kampong Chhnang province. Oct 24, 2012. Photo by Nhean Socheat
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Youk Chhang, Elizabeth Becker and Michael ABRAMOWITZ, USHMM Director and his delegations at a mass grave site with a nun Sim Ry who survived the Khmer Rouge, Kampong Chhnang province. Oct 24, 2012. Photo by Nhean Socheat
Youk Chhang, Elizabeth Becker and Michael ABRAMOWITZ, USHMM Director and his delegations at a mass grave site with a nun Sim Ry who survived the Khmer Rouge, Kampong Chhnang province. Oct 24, 2012. Photo by Nhean Socheat
One aim of the visit is to put data from the UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal into a exhibition at the Holocaust museum in Washington. Abramowitz told VOA Khmer it could take up to 18 months to get an exhibit up and running.

Chhang Youk, head of the Documentation Center of Cambodia, which is working with the delegation, said an exhibition would focus on “genocide in Cambodia in the context of globalization.”

Abramowitz said the delegation was meeting with tribunal officials, victims of the Khmer Rouge, civic groups and others. Members are visiting mass graves and crime sites from Khmer Rouge atrocities, he said.
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