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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

  • Raoul Wallenberg Raoul Wallenberg - Sweden, Hungary

    A short biography and background note on Raoul Wallenberg. Updated 29 July 2014 to mention the influence of his grandfather, to note that Wallenberg was declared the first ever honorary citizen of Australia in May 2013, and to provide a link to a ABC Radio National program on Wallenberg.

  • Ho Chi Minh Ho Chi Minh - Vietnam

    A short biography and background note on Ho Chi Minh. Edited 11 May 2014 to clarify a reference to the number killed in Cambodia and Laos after the conflict in Vietman spread into those countries.

  • Pol Pot Pol Pot - Cambodia

    A short biography and background note on Pol Pot. Edited 11 May 2014 to remove a reference to the number of Cambodians killed by US bombing raids on Vietnamese communist sanctuaries inside Cambodia.

  • Ratko Mladic Ratko Mladic - Bosnia-Herzegovina

    Short biography and background note on Ratko Mladic. Updated 14 April 2014 with further information about Mladic's movements while he was on the run from justice following his indictment by The Hague.

  • Radovan Karadzic Radovan Karadzic - Bosnia-Herzegovina

    Short biography and background note on Radovan Karadzic. Updated 14 April 2014 to note the appearance of Ratko Mladic as a witness for the defence in Karadzic's trial at The Hague.