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Faculty Member Marguerite Feitlowitz Praised for Book on Argentina’s “Dirty War”

Jun 07, 2011
In his column in the Buenos Aires Herald, celebrated journalist and human rights hero Robert Cox dubbed faculty member Marguerite Feitlowitz's book on Argentina's infamous Dirty War "the most important book to appear so far on the consequences of the vicious cycle of terror and violence that enveloped Argentina in the 1970s."

The book, A Lexicon of Terror: Argentina and the Legacies of Torture, examines the brutal campaign waged by Argentina's military dictatorship against suspected left-wing political opponents, during which an estimated 10,000 to 30,000 citizens were killed—many of them among  "los desaparecidos," or those who were seized by authorities never to be seen again.

Feitlowitz "provides lessons for all of us on the legacies of torture and terror and how they can be overcome," Cox wrote (click here).

Cox, who served as editor of the Buenos Aires Herald during the Dirty War, was arrested and forced to flee the country in 1979 after he confronted the military dictatorship by publishing the names of los desaparecidos.

He visited Bennington in April to deliver this year's Ruth Dewing Ewing '37 Social Science Lecture.