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The Tuol Sleng museum depicts the prior regime's brutality as contrasting with the leadership of the current rulers.
The book starts in Tuol Sleng (now a museum) where Hinton merges with tourists to explore the site as a dissonant space of historical knowledge (and, disjarringly, world heritage; p.
In 1975 the Tuol Svay Precy High School was taken over by Pol Pot's security forces and turned into a prison known as Security Prison 21(S-21).
"We have guards on standby," the director of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Chhay Visoth, told Reuters.
Prices were considerably cheaper in Boeung Kak 2 commune of Tuol Kork district, where commercial land ran between $2,000 and $3,000 per square meter and residential land started as low as $900 per square meter.
"We had been closely watched by the soldiers of Colonel Tuol, who always checked on us to find out if there was a new face in our houses.
In 1978, Mr Dewhirst was captured, tortured and killed at now infamous prison Tuol Sleng.
Tuol Sleng, which was once a schoolhouse converted into a top secret detention centre is now an eerie museum and monument showcasing the horrors of the Khmer Rouge and in full gruesome detail, the fate of its victims.
The 67-year-old - whose real name is Kaing Guek Eav oversaw the extermination of 15,000 men, women and children at the Tuol Sleng prison in Cambodia's capital during the communist regime's 1975-1979 rule.
Kaing Guek Eav ran the Khmer Rouge's Tuol Seng torture camp, where his thugs pulled out victims' toenails, shocked them with electrodes, gang-raped them, waterboarded them or beat them to death with tree branches.
Kaing Guek Eav, better known as Duch, was found guilty of murder and torture as well, and sentenced to 35 years in prison on Monday for his role in the deaths of at least 14,000 people at S-21, also known as Tuol Sleng prison.
The court said at least 12,273 people were killed at Duch's Tuol Sleng prison, a converted high school also known as S-21 but acknowledged the number could be as high as 14,000.