French Culture explores a dark time in history through eight pictures of men and women qualified as vsriddles of war”. Of the Second World War in Iraq, through Cambodia or Rwanda, we have eight characters, whose gesture allow us better understand the great conflicts of twentieth century.
A special story – unique collection: war criminals
A series of 8 documentaries in 2 parts of 30 minutes, made through Alain Lewkowiczaccomplished by Rafiq Zenin and Marie-Laure Chivescoordination: Christine Bernard.
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1 – Joseph Mengele, the angel of the death
Broadcast date: Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 January at 1:30 pm
From 1943 to 1945, Joseph Mengele, the SS doctor of Auschwitz-Birkenau is on behind the killing of over a million people. A kind of great organizer of life and death already addict there is no limit to the medical experiments on human guinea pigs that he carefully selected, forming a veritable herd of twins, elves or even people with strange eyes.
2 – Duch, Guardian of the Gates of Hell
Air date* : Saturday February 11 and Sunday February 12 at 1:30 pm
Kaing Guek Rev aka duch is thinker and prison director of S21, the most important of the 196 internment centers in Democratic Kampuchea from April 17, 1975 to January 6, 1979, a period in which Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge regime caused deaths of almost a quarter of the inhabitants of the Kingdom of Cambodia.
3 – Irma Greece, the hyena of Auschwitz and the beast of Bergen Belsen
Air date* : Saturday February 25 and Sunday February 26 at 1:30 pm.
All the survivors of the camps where he served as a guard are united. Irma Greece had a demonic beauty, sadistic and cruel. In March 1943, in Auschwitz he used all his talents. He owns it life or death rights to over 30,000 deportees who dubbed him “the blond angel of Auschwitz” while his own leader called him an “animal”.
4 – Ilse Koch, the dog from Buchenwald
Air date* : Saturday 11 and Sunday March 12th at 1:30 p.m
Ilse Koch became a myth, the female incarnation of the Nazi horror, the wife of “butcher Koch”, sadist and fetishist. The adulterous couple pride themselves on belonging to the new German aristocracy that is sinking into get and corruption but acts as a model parent with their three children in their beautiful and large house they built not far from the camp.
5 – Paulina Nyiramasuhuko : the genocide, a family story
Air date* : Saturday 29 and Sunday April 30 at 1:30 p.m
In 1992 Pauline Nyiaramasuhuko became Minister of Family and Women’s Development in Rwanda’s first multi-party government formed by Juvénal Habyarimana. The assassination of the President of the Republic triggered the genocide of the Tutsi in Rwanda that would begin on April 6, 1994 and where is Pauline Nyiaramasuhuko plays an important role, especially in his hometown of Butare, the most important megalopolis in the south of the country, where the Hutus refuse to participate in the massacres.
6 – Slobodan Milosevic, the cleaner of the Balkans
Air date* : Saturday 20 and Sunday May 21st at 1:30 p.m
Slobodan Milosevic became president of Serbia in 1989. He launched two wars in a row in the summer of 1991 against Croatia and in March 1992 against Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was responsible for the mass ethnic cleansing of central Europe: the July Srebrenica massacre 1995 or so of Kosovo until the late 1990s.
7 – Paul Aussaressesmakes Algiers suffer
Air date* : Saturday 3 and Sunday June 4 at 1:30 p.m
Paul Aussaresses, the soldier of all the medals and all the awards, the fighter of the first hour, the loyal soldier of Indochina and Algeria is, through his thundering revelations 40 years after his crimes, broken a French taboo, the systematic use of torture during the Algerian war; by declaring that there had been extensive aid here, especially during the battle of Algiers.
8 – Lynndie England, the Abu’s outrage Ghraib
Air date* : Saturday 24 and Sunday June 25 at 1:30 p.m
In Abu Central Prison Ghraib, Lynndie England and who will be her husband, Charles Graner, is tasked with guarding Iraqi prisoners suspected of enemies of the world Free “. In just a few months, they promise the irreversible sexual abuse and physical and psychological torture of their prisoners have underneath their responsibility.
After diffusion, each episode will be available as a 4 podcast part of It’s been 14 minutes the France Culture website and the Radio France app.
* subject to change due to the constraints associated with the French Cultural branch
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