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Reconciling Testimony

Reconciling Testimony

A Work in Progress

(p.111) 5 Reconciling Testimony
Violent Accounts
Robert N. Kraft
NYU Press

This chapter studies the interaction between the perpetrators and their former victims as they sought reconciliation with one another by understanding the crimes that had been committed. Testimonies during the amnesty hearings demonstrated that reconciliation requires perpetrators to come forward and provide detailed descriptions of their crimes and their reasons for these crimes. Victims must then be given an opportunity to confront the perpetrators in a safe environment, challenging their accounts of the crimes and telling of the suffering they endured. As perpetrators gave testimony, they divulged their crimes, but also revealed themselves as flawed and understandable human beings.

Keywords:   perpetrators, victims, reconciliation, crimes, interaction

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