A Lexicon of Terror: Argentina and the Legacies of Torture, by Marguerite Feitlowitz

By Marguerite Feitlowitz

Tanks roaring over farmlands, pregnant ladies tortured, 30,000 participants "disappeared"--these have been the horrors of Argentina's soiled conflict. A New York Times impressive e-book of the yr and Finalist for the L.L. Winship / PEN New England Award in 1998, A Lexicon of Terror is a delicate and unflinching account of the sadism, paranoia, and deception the army junta unleashed at the Argentine humans from 1976 to 1983.

This up to date version encompasses a new epilogue that chronicles significant political, felony, and social advancements in Argentina because the book's preliminary book. It additionally keeps the tales of the participants interested in the soiled struggle, together with the torturers, kidnappers and murderers previously granted immunity lower than now dissolved amnesty legislation. also, Feitlowitz discusses investigations introduced within the intervening years that experience indicated that the community of torture facilities, focus camps, and different operations liable for the "desaparecidas" used to be extra frequent than formerly proposal. A Lexicon of Terror vividly inspires this surprising period and tells of the iconic results it has left at the Argentine tradition.

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19 Owing to its awkwardness, I would say that the English translation was done by a non-native English speaker. In the section called “Handling of Sources” special attention is given to planning: On planning operations, it is highly important to point out that, even when there is not any activity felt on the part of the guerrillas, an insurrection movement could be in gestation. Every countermeasure that concentrates only on the activities of guerrillas, without taking into consideration the secret organization and the great preparation before the violence explodes, is destined to fail.

Its dissemination beyond the navy was intended to make civilians feel included, an integral part of the Process. Yet again Massera presents to the divided country an image of the armed forces as a model of unity, harmony, and mutual respect. He provides an “explanation” for the chaos of recent years, making clear that Argentines were victims, that the horror had been visited upon them. Moreover, he attributes to the “enemy” the very horror that the regime itself has created. ” Who after all could possibly feel any sympathy for a machine?

On November 17, 1994, in a landmark court decision, a Buenos Aires district judge fined the state and two former naval chiefs of staff, Emilio Massera and Armando Lambruschini, one million dollars each and awarded the monies to the sole survivor of the family of Hugo and Blanca Tarnopolsky, who in 1976 were kidnapped from their home with their daughter, one son, and daughter-in-law. The plaintiff, Daniel Tarnopolsky, was age eighteen in 1976 and not at home when the kidnap occurred. ” Within hours, Menem announced that the government would appeal directly to the Supreme Court (five of whose members were his personal friends).

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