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This was taken at the War Remnants Museum, a Vietnamese war museum in district 3 (Saigon), which mostly houses exhibits related to the American phase of the war. It's now operated by the Vietnamese government and was opened technically in September, 1975 as "The House for Displaying War Crimes of American Imperialism and the Puppet Government," according to some sources. It was later renamed the Museum of American War Crimes or the War Crimes Museum until 1993. The current name dates to somewhat later, after the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with the US in the mid-90s. The museum features period military equipment and also photographs and other artifacts, including a guillotine used by the French and South Vietnamese governments, used last in 1960. Many reviews have called the museum decidedly anti-American and propagandistic, but isn't that why people visit ?? to get the perspective of local people who lived through the war and probably have a very decided point of view? Actually, it's probably more government propaganda but that's part of the experience also. It was a very eye-opening experience for me; I've obviously heard from one side pretty much all mys life and it was quite refreshing, actually, to get the perspective of others.

The museum also houses this exhibit, called "The War Through Children's Eyes," which features these paintings. I don't know if they were actually done by children, honestly, but they were certainly interesting (and tragic). I will post another one that's a bit more graphic than this one but I thought this was a good way to share info about the museum as opposed to the weapons usually photographed there...

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  • Copyright: Terez Anon (terez93) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 74 W: 76 N: 412] (1124)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2001-12-00
  • Categories: Artwork
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2007-10-08 11:37
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