The Guatemalan Genocide

Guatemalan Genocide Testimony Collection

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Since 2015, the USC Shoah Foundation has been working with the Fundación de Antropología Forense de Guatemala (FAFG), a Guatemalan forensics organization, to collect, index and archive video testimonies of witnesses of  the Guatemalan Genocide of the early 1980s. The United Nations Truth Commission found that approximately 200,000 people were killed or disappeared in the decades-long civil war that ended in 1996.

More than 500 video interviews from Guatemalan survivors and witnesses have been collected in Guatemala. All conducted in Spanish or K’iche’, the testimonies are being preserved and indexed by USC Shoah Foundation, which began adding them to the Visual History Archive in 2016. Currently there are 32 testimonies searchable in the Visual History Archive. FAFG continues to collect and grow the Guatemalan testimonies and collection.

Violence: Guatemalan Genocide Survivor Jesús Tecú

Language: Spanish

Guatemalan survivor Jesús Tecú speaks about his parents going into town to take care of business in 1982, and never returning home. He later discovered that they were killed that day during the massacre Río Negro. Tecú’s testimony was recorded through a partnership with  La Fundación de Antropología Forense de Guatemala (FAFG), a Guatemalan forensics organization, to collect video testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the Guatemalan Genocide, which killed some 200,000 civilians in the early 1980s, mainly indigenous Mayans.

  • Violence: Guatemalan Genocide Survivor Jesús Tecú

    Language: Spanish

    Guatemalan survivor Jesús Tecú speaks about his parents going into town to take care of business in 1982, and never returning home. He later discovered that they were killed that day during the massacre Río Negro. Tecú’s testimony was recorded through a partnership with  La Fundación de Antropología Forense de Guatemala (FAFG), a Guatemalan forensics organization, to collect video testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the Guatemalan Genocide, which killed some 200,000 civilians in the early 1980s, mainly indigenous Mayans.

  • Aracely Garrido on the Guatemalan Genocide (subtitled)

    Language: English

    Guatemalan Genocide survivor Aracely Garrido reflects on the seemingly eternal suffering endured by indigenous civilian non-combatant populations in a Guatemalan village who practiced their own limited form of resistance during the war.

  • Diego Rivera Santiago - Violencia

    Language: Spanish

    Diego recuerda cuando empezaron los bombardeos en su aldea, él cuenta de su decisión de abandonar su casa y esconderse en las montañas perdiendo todo.

  • Juliana Tun Xalin - Comunidades de Población en Resistencia

    Language: Spanish

    Juliana cuenta cómo fue cuando llegaron organizaciones internacionales a las montañas para ayudarlos a salir sin peligro de ser perseguidos por el ejército.

  • Rosa María Tec Cac - Niños

    Language: Spanish

    Rosa María cuenta como salieron corriendo escapando de la masacre a esconderse en el bosque montañoso.

  • Jesús Tecú Osorio - Los Victimarios

    Language: Spanish

    Jesús Tecú Osorio cuenta cómo la comunidad intenta llevar a juicio al capitán del destacamento para hacerlo responsable y lo difícil que ha sido capturarlo.

  • Rosalina Tuyuc Velasquez - La vida antes de la guerra

    Language: Spanish

    Rosalina habla de la conciencia cultural y los grupos que surgieron enfocando en la identidad maya.

  • Juliana Tun Xalin - Educación

    Language: Spanish

    Juliana cuenta cómo fueron las oportunidades de recibir una educación. Su madre no quería que fuera a la escuela, por considerar una forma de aculturación.

  • Rosalina Tuyuc Velasquez - Los desaparecidos

    Language: Spanish

    Rosalina cuenta como empieza la persecución, la gente desaparecida y el miedo cambian la vida de su comunidad.