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By Kirsten Weld

In Paper Cadavers, an inside of account of the outstanding discovery and rescue of Guatemala's mystery police data, Kirsten Weld probes the politics of reminiscence, the wages of the chilly battle, and the stakes of old wisdom construction. After Guatemala's bloody thirty-six years of civil battle (1960–1996), silence and impunity reigned. that's, until eventually 2005, while human rights investigators came upon the files of the country's nationwide Police, which, at seventy five million pages, proved to be the most important trove of mystery kingdom files ever present in Latin America.

The unearthing of the documents renewed fierce debates approximately heritage, reminiscence, and justice. In Paper Cadavers, Weld explores Guatemala's struggles to regulate this avalanche of facts of prior battle crimes, offering a firsthand examine how postwar justice activists labored to reconfigure terror records into implements of social switch. Tracing the heritage of the police documents as they have been remodeled from guns of counterinsurgency into instruments for post-conflict reckoning, Weld sheds mild at the country's fraught transition from battle to an uneasy peace, reflecting on how societies put out of your mind and be mindful political violence.

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Isbn 978-­0-­8223-­5597-­7 (cloth : alk. paper) isbn 978-­0-­8223-­5602-­8 (pbk. : alk. paper) 1. Guatemala—Politics and government—1945–1985—Sources. 2. Guatemala. Policía Nacional. Archivo Histórico. three. Guatemala—Relations—United States—Sources. four. United States—Relations—Guatemala—Sources. five. Archives—Political facets. I. name. II. sequence: American encounters/global interactions. f1466. five. w45 2014 972. 8105'2—dc23 2013026391 images on hide and p. i by way of Daniel Hernández-­Salazar and utilized by permission of the photographer. For the staff, prior and current, of the Proyecto para los angeles Recuperación del Archivo Histórico de los angeles Policía Nacional CONTENTS checklist of Abbreviations  ix Acknowledgments  xiii creation  the ability of Archival pondering  1 half I: EXPLOSIONS on the information   27 bankruptcy 1: Excavating Babylon  29 bankruptcy 2: Archival tradition, nation secrets and techniques, and the Archive Wars  50 bankruptcy three: How the Guerrillero turned an Archivist  sixty nine half II: data AND COUNTERINSURGENCY IN chilly conflict GUATEMALA bankruptcy four: development Counterinsurgency data  ninety one bankruptcy five: Recycling the nationwide Police in conflict, Peace, and Post-­Peace  119 half III: records AND SOCIAL RECONSTRUCTION IN POSTWAR GUATEMALA bankruptcy 6: progressive Lives within the files  153 bankruptcy 7: files and the subsequent Generation(s)  183 half IV: PASTS current AND the longer term IMPERFECT bankruptcy eight: altering the legislations of What might be stated, and performed  213 bankruptcy nine: end: the probabilities and barriers of Archival considering  236 Notes  257  Bibliography  301  Index  323 LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS aeu organization of college scholars, collage of San Carlos (Asociación de Estudiantes Universitarios) afpc Accord at the Strengthening of Civil energy and the function of the military in a Democratic Society (Acuerdo de Fortaleci­ miento del Poder Civil y Función del Ejército en una Sociedad Democrática) agca normal documents of imperative the USA (Archivo basic de Centroamérica) agsaemp documents and aid prone of the Presidential normal employees (Archivos Generales y Servicios Apoyados del Estado Mayor Presidencial) ahpn ancient data of the nationwide Police (Archivo Histórico de l. a. Policía Nacional) reduction organization for overseas improvement area Nationalist Republican Alliance, El Salvador (Alianza Republicana Nacionalista) avemilgua organization of army Veterans of Guatemala (Asociación de Veteranos Militares de Guatemala) bien detailed Investigations and Narcotics Brigade (Brigada de Investigaciones Especiales y Narcóticos) broe targeted Operations response Brigade (Brigada de Reacción de Operaciones Especiales) cacif Coordinating Committee of Agricultural, advertisement, business, and monetary institutions (Comité Coordinador de Asociaciones Agrícolas, Comerciales, Industriales, y Financieras) cadeg Anti-­Communist Council of Guatemala (Consejo Anticomunista de Guatemala) cci foreign Advisory Board, venture for the restoration of the nationwide Police old information (Consejo Consultivo Internacional) ccn nationwide Advisory Board, venture for the restoration of the nationwide Police historic data (Consejo Consultivo Nacional) ceh fee for historic explanation (Comisión de Esclarecimiento Histórico) cem middle for army stories (Centro de Estudios Militares) cicig overseas fee opposed to Impunity in Guatemala (Comisión Internacional Contra los angeles Impunidad en Guatemala) cnt nationwide staff’ valuable (Central Nacional de Trabajadores) cnus nationwide Committee on alternate Union harmony (Comité Nacional de Unidad Sindical) cocp Joint Operations heart of the nationwide Police (Centro de Operaciones Conjuntas) coe exact Operations Commando (Comando de Operaciones Especiales) crio neighborhood Telecommunications heart (Centro de Reunión de Información y Operaciones) cuc Campesino cohesion Committee (Comité de Unidad Campesina) dgpn Director-­General of the nationwide Police dic division of felony Investigations dinc felony Investigations department (División de Investigación legal) dit division of Technical Investigations dnsa electronic nationwide defense Archive egp Guerrilla military of the terrible (Ejército Guerrillero de los Pobres) emdn nationwide safety normal employees (Estado Mayor de l. a. Defensa Nacional) emge military normal employees (Estado Mayor common del Ejército) emp Presidential employees (Estado Mayor Presidencial) esa mystery Anti-­Communist military (Ejército Secreto Anticomunista) fafg Forensic Anthropology origin of Guatemala (Fundación de Antropología Forense de Guatemala) famdegua organization of the households of the Detained and Disappeared in Guatemala (Asociación de Familiares de Detenidos-­Desaparecidos de Guatemala) some distance insurgent militia (Fuerzas Armadas Rebeldes) ferg Robin García scholar entrance (Frente Estudiantil Robin García) frg Guatemalan Republican entrance (Frente Republicano Guatemalteco) fur United progressive entrance (Frente Unido de los angeles Revolución) gam Mutual aid staff (Grupo de Apoyo Mutuo) gog govt of Guatemala x  —  ABBREVIATIONS hijos little kids for id and Justice and opposed to Forgetting and Silence (Hijos e Hijas por l. a. Identidad y l. a. Justicia y Contra el Olvido y el Silencio) hrdag Human Rights info research staff ica foreign Cooperation management icitap U.

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