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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

  • Adolf Hitler Adolf Hitler - Germany

    A short biography and background note on Adolf Hitler. Updated 7 July 2015 to include link to article titled Why are we obsessed with the Nazis? published on 'The Guardian' website.

  • Rigoberta Menchú Tum Rigoberta Menchú Tum - Guatemala

    A short biography and background note on Rigoberta Menchú Tum. Updated 29 June 2015 to correct link to Commission for Historical Clarification Report - 'Memory of Silence'.

  • Ratko Mladic Ratko Mladic - Bosnia-Herzegovina

    Short biography and background note on Ratko Mladic. Updated 28 June 2015 to report the reopening in June 2015 of the case for the prosecution against Mladic in order to allow the presentation of new evidence from a mass grave discovered at Tomasica in northwest Bosnia in 2013.

  • Radovan Karadzic Radovan Karadzic - Bosnia-Herzegovina

    Short biography and background note on Radovan Karadzic. Updated 28 June 2015 to report the ruling by the International Court of Justice that neither Serbia nor Croatia committed genocide against the other's populations during the Balkans conflicts.