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Read & Download Une saison de machettes Une saison de machettes Read & Download â 104 Jean Hatzfeld ´ 4 Download N Sontag wrote in the preface Machete Season is a document that everyone should read because making the effort to understand what happened in Rwanda is part of being a moral adu. This book is largely comprised of interviews from the men who perpetrated the 1994 genocide in Rwanda I definitely enjoyed the authenticity of hearing from e men themselves The author also inserts some background information and occasional observations about the nature of genocideI enjoyed several things about this book1 It gave me a great understanding of the historical background for the events in Rwanda2 It gave me a small sense of what it would have been like to be there during the events The book recorded mundane details like the killers daily routines3 It probed the psychology and social mechanisms that would allow something like this to happen One factor for instance was the fact that people had to be personally involved in the killings or be perceived as sympathetic to the Tutsis In some cases they killed in order to avoid being killed This dynamic in turn seemed to develop because the killers wanted the guilt to be distributed They wanted everyone to be eually liable4 It probed the psychology of someone trying to escape the guilt of terrible things they have done it exposed the fact that many of the killers were not ultimately sore for what they did so much as they sought to minimize the conseuences As the book recorded it true repentance was hard to find or nonexistence Even after the fact it seemed like the men were trying to rationalize their actions and under the same circumstances would be fairly likely to do the same thing againAn excerpt from Pio one of the killersSeeking forgiveness is a natural thing Bestowing forgiveness is a huge thing But who today can decide this forgiveness Those who did nothing like the whites and such those who arrived too late behind he soldiers of the RPF coming home with their savings and their memories of revenge those who happened to elude death by sneaking into the papyrus Even the mama of the child who was cut what can she forgive in the name of her little one who is no longer here to be uestionedI see too many difficulties for us to exchange forgiveness on the hills Too many bad memories will grow again on the fine words like the Bush in the middle of a plantation Someone who grants you forgiveness on a day of mercy who can say he won t take it back some other day in anger because of a drunken suabble I can t imagine any forgiveness capable of drying up all this spilled blood I see only God to forgive me it s why I asked that of Him every day Offering Him all my sincerity without hiding any of my misdeeds from Him I don t know if he says yes or no but I do know that I ask Him very personally 206 207

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Read & Download Une saison de machettes Une saison de machettes Read & Download â 104 Jean Hatzfeld ´ 4 Download During the spring of 1994 in a tiny country called Rwanda some 800000 people were hacked to death one by one by their neighbors in a gruesome civil war Several years later journ. In 1897 the Germans conuered Rwanda They brought their burgeoning racial discrimination theories to the country and started applying them to the local population What for centuries had been not an issue suddenly divided into ethnic differences The Tutsis believed to have descended from the biblical Ham and thus Europeanised than the Hutu population became the natural favourites to rule Rwanda on behalf of the Germans The Germans sowed the seeds of racism in RwandaIn 1916 Germany beueathed its erstwhile colony to the Belgians The second phase of ethnic division started The Belgians began to measure the heights and noses of people for their research by means of a tool called Vernier Caliper They also issued identity cards to the population carefully enshrining their ethnicity in stone or paper as the case here Belgium too followed a pro Tutsi policy leading to continuous tensions between the two communitiesWhen Rwanda erupted in violence no one realised the extent of the damage It was only later that the staggering numbers became known and the massacre was classified a genocide However ethnic violence had been constantly mounting since the late 80s and tensions had been around ever since the last Tutsi king died and the Hutus latched on to powerHatzfeld wrote three books on this subject this being the second book in which he talks to the killers about their deeds It s a good idea and had the potential to throw some light on a rather obscure subject since people are still debating why the genocide even happened But I don t think this book answers those uestions completely or indeed at all Machete Season offers very little insight on why the killers killed Though the author offers a good explanation of why he chose people who killed together in a group this also prevented him from gaining better insights on the diverse types of people who killed during the genocide The group of people said pretty much the same thing and repeated themselves uite often They suarely placed the blame on the politicians and indeed much of the blame lies there but I did not get much of a sense of soul searching from any of these guys This is where this book fails for me I would totally read a book by any killer who lays out his thought processes neatly for the world to understand this tragedy But none of the people chosen by Hatzfeld did soOne of the things that did strike me was that this appeared to be a very male operation Wives mothers sisters and daughters were mostly left at home to deal with the daily grind and fill the stomachs of those who returned after a satisfactory killing and looting session Apparently even the organisers of the genocide told the women to stay home The men easily blamed the women for wanting loot and claimed that their wives wholly supported them What utter bullshit This in itself shows there is little remorse and even less honesty I would be very interested to know what all the women in Rwanda think of their male relatives who have killed Did they even have an opinion Were they allowed toA second thing that came out consistently was how every Hutu had to kill or be killed himself I don t know how far this was enforced Was it just in the countryside or in the cities as well And if this were the case how far were men who were forced to lift their machetes be blamed for putting their own lives over others But again this was not explored in detail The most annoying thing about Machete Season was its insistence on bringing up the Jewish Holocaust at every opportunity This is just another manifestation of colonisation where a tragedy can t be discussed without comparing it to the Holocaust an European event I was also flummoxed at how easily Hatzfeld dismissed the Bosnian genocide as not being a genocide because the women were not systematically murdered Another strange theory of Hatzfeld was that colonisation did not have a big part in the Rwandan genocide Are you kidding me Personally all this made me lose faith in the author as someone who is aware of history in its proper context despite his credentialsI think there are much better books on this subject but I don t regret reading this one because of its uniue perspective I just wish that the sample size were larger and the subjects were explored in detail and in depth

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Read & Download Une saison de machettes Une saison de machettes Read & Download â 104 Jean Hatzfeld ´ 4 Download Alist Jean Hatzfeld traveled to Rwanda to interview ten participants in the killings eliciting extraordinary testimony from these men about the genocide they perpetrated As Susa. Ours is appallingly an age of genocide but even so what happened in Rwanda in the spring of 1994 stands out in several ways In a tiny landlocked African country smaller than the state of Maryland some 800000 people were hacked to death one by one by their neighbors The women men and children who were slaughtered were of the same race and shared the same language customs and confession Roman Catholic as those who eagerly slaughtered them pg 5 All this in twelve weeks Hatzfield has a collection of work on the Rwanda genocide After completing Into the uick of Life Stories from the Rwandan Marshes which is a look at events from the perspective of survivors from the commune of Nyamata uestions posed by readers prompted Hatzfield to explore the story from the killers point of view Gaining permission from the Rwandan government and prison officials Hatzfield successfully convinced ten member of a gang from Nyamata to share their stories The members ranged from those of various ages early 20 s to 60 s at the time of the killing and standing in the community students teachers police officers and political leaders In my opinion Hazfield produces one of the most chilling educational and jaw dropping accounts of work I ve read in uite some time One of the things I most appreciate about this work is the way in which Hatzfield finally connected the dots for me I have read a little on the period and I have seen multiple documentaries at the Houston Holocaust Museum on the subject It is always so difficult for me to wrap my mind around the cause of this event If you follow my reading at all you know I m an avid World War II reader There is such a breadth of work analyzing everything from the cause of the hatred of the Jews to the political landscape leading to Hitler s rise to power to the world s non response to the psychology of Germans that allowed events to take place With Rwanda I could never understand what happened beyond the plane crash of President Habyarimana But Hatzfield provides an excellent timeline at the beginning of the book beginning in 1921 and takes the reader through important events through 2003 It is always tempting to compare any event like this one with the Holocaust but events in Rwanda are vastly different Rather than falling into that temptation Hatzfield uses the Holocaust as a contrast which I find uite effective What follows is a deeply disturbing understanding of what I ve missed This was not a well organized campaign carried out by soldiers and law enforcement personnel with registrations and demarcations The killers did not have to pick out their victims they knew them personally Everyone knows everything in a village pg 67 Of course they did This was neighbor killing neighbor teacher killing student soccer teammate killing teammate and family member killing family member The first day a messenger from the municipal judge went house to house summoning us to a meeting right away There the judge announced that the reason for the meeting was the killing of every Tutsi without exception It was simply said and it was simple to understand pg 18 With that order Hutu members of the village picked up machetes and spent twelve weeks attempting to irradicate every single Tutsi from the villageThe other contrast when you read WWII accounts while you spend some time in dredges of human darkness there are amazing tales of bravery Unfortunately according to Hatzfield that is not the case in Rwanda And at the end of the war WWII we were dumbfounded to learn about the thousand and one touching anecdotes we could never have imagined In Nyamata however we find not one comradely impulse among teammates not one gesture of compassion for helpless babies No bond of friendship or love that survived from a church choir or an agricultural cooperative No civil disobedience in a village no rebellious adolescent in a gang of budding toughs And not a single escape network although it would have been easy to set one up in the forty kilometers of uninhabited forests between the marshes and the Burundi border pg 103 I think the reader needs to beware this is a difficult read It is only about 250 pages in length and written in very concise paragraphs but the sterile nature in which the killers discuss their actions and the obvious lack of remorse is simply disgusting I want to make clear that from the first gentleman I killed to the last I was not sorry about a single one pg 54 Those that do discuss forgiveness do so only in terms of how the prisoner can return to life he once knew one day with little regard to what his return will do the survivors Big thanks to Isabelle for bringing it to my attention

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  • Une saison de machettes
  • Jean Hatzfeld
  • English
  • 15 January 2019
  • 9780312425036