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short biographies and background notes on heroes and killers of the 20th century

Heroes of the 20th Century

A list of heroes of the 20th Century.

reflections on heroes

Killers of the 20th Century

A list of killers of the 20th Century.

reflections on killers

latest additions and updates

  • Pol Pot Pol Pot - Cambodia

    A short biography and background note on Pol Pot and his accomplices. Updated 9 November 2014 to report on the guilty verdicts and life sentences handed down to Noun Chea and Khieu Samphan at the conclusion of their first trial, and the opening of their second trial.

  • Efraín Ríos Montt Efraín Ríos Montt - Guatemala

    A short biography and background note on Efraín Ríos Montt. Updated 24 October 2014 to note that Ríos Montt's trial is expected to restart in January 2015 and to report the approval by the Guatemalan Congress of a resolution denying there was any attempt to commit genocide during the country's civil war.

  • Adolf Hitler Adolf Hitler - Germany

    A short biography and background note on Adolf Hitler. Updated 23 October 2014 to include information about Hitler's hypochondria, including his use of methamphetamine "alertness" pills.

  • Radovan Karadzic Radovan Karadzic - Bosnia-Herzegovina

    Short biography and background note on Radovan Karadzic. Updated 21 October 2014 to report on the winding-up of the trial of Karadzic at The Hague. A verdict is expected in mid-2015.