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The Tattooed Soldier

Héctor Tobar                                                                                                         

a Picture of State Sponsored terrorism  

State-Sponsored Terrorism | Counterinsurgency

“During the day, soldiers dressed as civilians came to kidnap professors and students; after the sun fell, graffiti artists worked until dawn to cover the university walls with the spray-painted names of the dead: Professor Juan Peralta, Ana Saravia, Julio Gomez Asturias… The walls seemed to have an insatiable appetite for the names of dead students.” (p. 87)

Critical Thinking and Discussion Questions

  • Why would a country use systematic and random violence against its own citizens?
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Afflitto, Frank M. and Paul Jesilow. (2007). The quiet revolutionaries: seeking justice in Guatemala. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press. HV6322.3.G9 A34 2007

Brenner, Bruce and Arthur Campbell (Eds.). (2000). Death squads in global perspective: murder with deniability. On order

Dewever-Plana, Miguel. (2007). La verdad bajo la tierra: Guatemala, el genocidio silenciado. Barcelona: Blume. On order

Friedrichs, David O. State crime. (1998). Aldershot/ Brookfield, VT: Ashgate. HV6322 .S73 1998

Giannakos, S.A. (ed.). (2002). Ethnic conflict: religion, identity, and politics. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press. HM1121 .E74 2002

Goldman, Francisco. (2007). The art of political murder: who killed the Bishop? New York: Grove Press. On order

Guatemala, never again! (1999). REMHI, Recovery of Historical Memory Project: the official report of the Human Rights Office, Archdiocese of Guatemala. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books. HV6433.G8 G813 1999

Guatemala, nunca más: informe. (1998). Proyecto Interdiocesano de Recuperación de la Memoria Histórica. Guatemala: ODHAG. HV6433.G8 G8 1998

Hayner, Priscilla B. (2001). Unspeakable truths: confronting state terror and atrocity. New York: Routledge. JC571 .H363 2001

Huggins, Martha (Ed.). (1991). Vigilantism and the state in modern Latin America: essays on extralegal violence. New York: Praeger. HN110.5.Z9 V58 1991

London, Douglas and Taxa London. (2007). We were taught to plant corn not to kill: secrets of the silence of the Mayan people. Guilford, CT: Back Up Books Human Rights Press. On order

Manz, Beatrice. (1988). Refugees of a hidden war: the aftermath of counterinsurgency in Guatemala. Albany, NY: State University of Albany Press. F1465.3.G6 M36 1988

Manz, Beatrice. (2004). Paradise in ashes: a Guatemalan journey of courage, terror, and hope. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. F1465.2.Q5 M36 2004

May, Rachel. (2001). Terror in the countryside: campesino responses to political violence in Guatemala, 1954-1985. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press. HN150.Z9 V543 2001

Moller, Jonathan. (2004). Our culture is our resistance: repression, refuge, and healing in Guatemala. New York: PowerHouse Books. F1466.5 .M57 2004

Montejo, Victor. (1987). Testimony: death of a Guatemalan village. Willimantic, CT: Curbstone Press. F1466.5 .M66

Nordstrom, Carolyn.(1997). A different kind of war story. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press. On order

Perera, Victor. (1993). Unfinished conquest: the Guatemalan tragedy. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. F1466.7 .P47 1993

Schirmer, Jennifer. (1998). The Guatemalan military project: a violence called democracy. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. F1466.5 .S33 1998

Sluka, Jeffrey A. (Ed.). (1999). Death squad: the anthropology of state terror. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. On order

Stoll, David. (1993). Between two armies in the Ixil towns of Guatemala. New York: Columbia University Press. F1466.5 .S76 1993

Wilkinson, D. (2002). Silence on the mountain: stories of terror, betrayal, and forgetting in Guatemala. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. F1466.7 .W55 2002

Videos / DVDs
Available at the Library Media Center, Library North 3rd Fl.

If the mango tree could speak. FLIC88023
A documentary about children, 12 to 15, and war in Guatemala and El Salvador.

Legacies of war. FLIC88693
An analysis on the devastating aftermath of war.

Maria's story: portrait of love and survival in El Salvador's civil war. F1488.42.S47 M3713
Documentary based on life and work of Maria Serrano, leader in the guerrilla movement in El Salvador. Shows Serrano teaching guerrillas, and planning and carrying out military attacks on government positions.

Web Resources

Historical Clarification Commission. Guatemala: memory of silence.

International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG).



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