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Digital Archive of the Guatemalan National Police Historical Archive

The 36-year Guatemalan Civil War, which ran from November 1960 to December 1996, claimed the lives of approximately 200,000 civilians. This site at the University of Texas Library includes thousands of scanned primary sources and commentaries that elucidate the repressive acts of an American-sponsored military dictatorship that went to war with its citizens. Readers may like to begin with the five-minute video at the bottom of the landing page, which portrays the archiving process and digitization that led to the current site. From there, they may like to scout the nearly 500-page tome, From Silence to Memory: Revelations of the AHPN, Carlos Aguirre's erudite treatment of the archives, which includes chapters on the Structure and Functions of the National Police, 1975-1985, Relations Between the State Security Forces, and other informative explanations of how this decades long genocide was carried out.
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Date of Scout Publication 2015-12-11
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