Finding Oscar: Massacre, Memory, and Justice in Guatemala

Finding Oscar: Massacre, Memory, and Justice in Guatemala

by Sebastian Rotella, Ana Arana
     
 
The harrowing and heartrending story of Guatemala’s Dos Erres massacre, and the survivors whose lives were forever changed by it In 1982, at the height of Guatemala’s civil war, twenty soldiers from the army’s commando unit, called the Kaibiles, invaded the farming village of Dos Erres. Masquerading as leftist guerillas, the squad members cut

Overview

The harrowing and heartrending story of Guatemala’s Dos Erres massacre, and the survivors whose lives were forever changed by it In 1982, at the height of Guatemala’s civil war, twenty soldiers from the army’s commando unit, called the Kaibiles, invaded the farming village of Dos Erres. Masquerading as leftist guerillas, the squad members cut their way through the small town, killing more than 250 men, women, and children. Only a handful of people survived. One of them, a young boy, was adopted by Kaibil lieutenant Ramírez and raised by Ramírez’s family, who named him Oscar. Just three years old at the time of the massacre, Oscar grew up unaware of his true origins. It wasn’t until almost thirty years later, living in the suburbs of Boston with a family of his own, that Oscar would learn the truth. Drawn from interviews with massacre survivors, commandos-turned-protected witnesses, lawyers, and forensic anthropologists, Finding Oscar is a powerful, groundbreaking investigation into the Dos Erres massacre and its aftermath. It is an unforgettable account of the secret abductions of Dos Erres survivors, the mission to bring the perpetrators to justice, and the courage of the Guatemalan people. This ebook contains content not available anywhere else. Additional features include:

  • A preface by Sebastian Rotella
  • An afterword by acclaimed author Francisco Goldman
Oscar’s story is also featured on the May 25, 2012, episode of This American Life, available for download at www.thisamericanlife.org. A slide show, timeline, and details about how this story was reported can be found at www.propublica.org.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781453265826
Publisher:
ProPublica
Publication date:
05/25/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
30
Sales rank:
684,596
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Sebastian Rotella is an award-winning foreign correspondent and investigative reporter at ProPublica, a New York City–based nonprofit that produces journalism in the public interest. In April 2012, Rotella won the seventh annual Urbino Press Award, which recognizes members of the American press committed to excellence in journalism. Rotella worked for almost twenty-three years for the Los Angeles Times. He served as a national security correspondent in Washington, DC, international investigative correspondent, bureau chief in Paris and Buenos Aires, and Mexico border correspondent. In 2006, he was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist for international reporting for his coverage of terrorism and Muslim communities in Europe. He is the author of two books: Twilight on the Line: Underworlds and Politics at the U.S.–Mexico Border, named a New York Times Notable Book in 1998; and the novel Triple Crossing, published by Little, Brown/Mulholland Books in 2011. Rotella is a graduate of the University of Michigan and was born in Chicago. Ana Arana is a US investigative journalist and director of the Fundación MEPI, an independent journalism project based in Mexico City. Arana is a former Knight International Journalism Fellow in Mexico, where she trained investigative units at various news outlets. One of her investigative teams at the daily El Universal won Mexico’s National Press Award in 2008. Arana’s work has appeared in Foreign AffairsNewsweek, Salon, the Columbia Journalism Review, Business Week, the Village Voice, the Miami Herald, and CBS News. She is a former reporter for the San Jose Mercury News and was a foreign correspondent for the Miami Herald in Central America and Colombia in the 1980s and 1990s. She is a graduate of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and San Francisco State University.
Sebastian Rotella is an award-winning foreign correspondent and investigative reporter at ProPublica, a New York City–based nonprofit that produces journalism in the public interest. Rotella worked for almost twenty-three years for the Los Angeles Times, covering everything from terrorism to arts to the Mexican border. In April 2012, Rotella was named winner of the seventh annual Urbino Press Award, which recognizes members of the American press who are committed to excellence in journalism. He served most recently as a national security correspondent in Washington, DC, and his previous posts include international investigative correspondent and bureau chief in Paris and Buenos Aires, with assignments in the Middle East and North Africa. In 2006, he was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist for international reporting for his coverage of terrorism and Muslim communities in Europe. He won the German Marshall Fund’s Peter Weitz award for excellence in European reporting the same year. He was part of a team whose coverage of al-Qaida received an award from the Overseas Press Club and finalist honors for Harvard University’s Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting in 2002. In 2001, he won Columbia University’s Maria Moors Cabot Prize for his career coverage of Latin America. His work in Latin America also won honors from the Overseas Press Club, the Inter-American Press Association, and the American Society of Newspaper Editors. He is the author of two books: Twilight on the Line: Underworlds and Politics at the U.S.–Mexico Border, which was named a New York Times Notable Book in 1998; and the novel Triple Crossing, published by Little, Brown/Mulholland Books in 2011. He speaks Spanish, French, and Italian. Rotella is a graduate of the University of Michigan and was born in Chicago.
Ana Arana is a US investigative journalist and director of the Fundación MEPI, an independent journalism project based at the Tecnológico de Monterry in Mexico City. MEPI promotes binational and regional investigations. Arana is a former Knight International Journalism Fellow in Mexico, where she trained investigative units at various news outlets. One of her investigative teams at the daily El Universal won Mexico’s National Press Award in 2008. Arana’s work has appeared in Foreign AffairsNewsweek, Salon, the Columbia Journalism Review, the New York Daily News, Business Week, the Village Voice, the Miami Herald, and CBS News. She is a former reporter for the San Jose Mercury News and was a foreign correspondent for the Miami Herald in Central America and Colombia in the 1980s and 1990s. She is a graduate of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and San Francisco State University.
Francisco Goldman is the author of the novel Say Her Name, which won the 2011 Prix Femina Étranger, a prize for the best foreign novel published in France. His Art of Political Murder, an account of the assassination of Guatemalan bishop Juan José Gerardi Conedera, won the Duke/WOLA Human Rights Book Award and is shortlisted for the Ryszard Kapuscinski Award for literary nonfiction.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >