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Opinion

Farah Stockman

Strong enough to stand up to genocide?

When killing is the law and showing mercy is a crime, how guilty are those who follow the orders of the ruling authorities?

This question lies at the heart of Thierry Cruvellier’s recent book “Master of Confessions,” which details the trial of Comrade Duch, a former math teacher responsible for the torture and death of some 12,000 people in Cambodia in the 1970s.

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