Remembering Ba'thist Rule

Making the words of the victims and records of their victimizers available to the public through a museum, a public outreach project, and a research facility linked to the Iraqi university system.

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Saddam's Killing Fields

One year after the fateful Kurdish uprising, Frontline charts dissident Iraqi writer Kanan Makiya’s secret return to Iraq to investigate rumors of an official extermination program aimed at the Kurds. Makiya travels from town to town, sifting through documents, audiotapes, and video footage kept for years by the Iraqi secret police and captured by the Kurds in the uprising. The records detail the horrifying scale of the Iraqi state’s routine surveillance, torture, and murder.

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In The Press

When a brutal regime ends, those who survive are often left with feelings of guilt, anger and confusion. With the fall of Saddam Hussein, a group of Iraqi-born activists have created the Iraq Memory Foundation to help Iraqis come to terms with their past.

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Truth is a healing force. To recover from their wounds and to lay a foundation for present and future justice the people of Iraq must come to terms with the atrocities perpetrated under Saddam Hussein's brutal regime. Iraqis are now forging new identities in a very different society. The Iraq Memory Foundation has as its mission: to encourage and inform that development free from half-truths and distortions; to use the Iraq experience to advance knowledge throughout the world and, by so doing, to honor the victims and the survivors of this dark era in the country's history.

HOOVER INSTITUTE

The entire documentation collection put together by the Iraq Memory Foundation can now be found at Stanford's Hoover Institute. Records of the Ba'ath Arab Socialist Party of Iraq, with more than ten million digitized pages and one hundred video files, are one of the largest digital collections in the archives.

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