Memoir of a Dictatorship

June 24, 2009 | CUNY Lecture Series, LaGuardia Community College

Under Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet more than 3,200 were murdered, more than 30,000 tortured, and hundreds of thousands forced into hiding. One victim was Heraldo Muñoz, whose political memoir “The Dictator’s Shadow: Life Under Augusto Pinochet,” was named one of the best books of 2008 by the Washington Post. Pinochet’s regime “imposed a systematic and brutal repression of the Chilean people,” Muñoz, now Chile’s permanent ambassador to the U.N., said at LaGuardia Community College. “At the time, we only thought of hiding and surviving.” As a Socialist party member, Muñoz was trained as a paramilitary explosive expert and later worked with the social democratic Party for Democracy, which ousted Pinochet in 1990.
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