The Inferno: A Story of Terror and Survival in Chile

The Inferno: A Story of Terror and Survival in Chile

by Luz Arce
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0299195546

ISBN-13: 9780299195540

Pub. Date: 06/28/2004

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press

    As a member of Salvador Allende’s Personal Guards (GAP), Luz Arce worked with leaders of the Socialist Party during the Popular Unity Government from 1971 to1973. In the months following the coup, Arce served as a militant with others from the Left who opposed the military junta led by Augusto Pinochet, which controlled the country

Overview

    As a member of Salvador Allende’s Personal Guards (GAP), Luz Arce worked with leaders of the Socialist Party during the Popular Unity Government from 1971 to1973. In the months following the coup, Arce served as a militant with others from the Left who opposed the military junta led by Augusto Pinochet, which controlled the country from 1973 to1990. Along with thousands of others in Chile, Arce was detained and tortured by Chile’s military intelligence service, the DINA, in their attempt to eliminate alternative voices and ideologies in the country. Arce’s testimonial offers the harrowing story of the abuse she suffered and witnessed as a survivor of detention camps, such as the infamous Villa Grimaldi.
    But when faced with threats made to her family, including her young son, and with the possibility that she could be murdered as thousands of others had been, Arce began to collaborate with the Chilean military in their repression of national resistance groups and outlawed political parties. Her testimonial thus also offers a unique perspective from within the repressive structures as she tells of her work as a DINA agent whose identifications even lead to the capture of some of her former friends and compañeros. 
    During Chile’s return to democracy in the early 1990s, Arce experienced two fundamental changes in her life that led to the writing of her story. The first was a deep spiritual renewal through her contacts with the Catholic Church whose Vicariate of Solidarity had fought for human rights in the country during the dictatorship. The second was her decision to participate within the legal system to identify and bring to justice those members of the military who were responsible for the crimes committed from 1973 to1990. Luz Arce’s book invites readers to rethink the definition of testimonial narrative in Latin America through the unique perspective of a survivor-witness-confessor.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299195540
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
06/28/2004
Series:
Living in Latin America Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
402
Sales rank:
978,574
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.89(d)

Table of Contents

A Note on This Translationxi
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Prologuexv
Preliminary Thoughtsxix
Part 1
1.
Early Experiences3
In the GAP (Group of Personal Friends of the President)5
Socialist Militant8
GEA (Special Support Groups)10
2.
September 11, 197315
3.
Clandestine Life24
A Personal Choice25
Contact on Italia Avenue28
Party Work29
Ricardo Ruz Zanartu32
4.
At the Yucatan Detention Center35
5.
Tejas Verdes41
6.
Military Hospital (Hosmil)47
Other Prisoners at the Hosmil52
Conversation with the Assistant Director55
The Chaplain and the Eucharist57
7.
Nightmare in the Bathroom59
Rodolfo, Air Force Soldier61
End of the First Detention63
8.
Freedom under Surveillance65
9.
Second Detention73
My Grandfather76
Private Rodolfo Under Interrogation82
In the Tower at Villa Grimaldi85
10.
Back to the Yucatan Detention Center89
Ricardo Lawrence Mires92
Collaboration95
Further and Further105
11.
Nightmares107
Marcelo Moren Brito110
At the Yucatan Detention Center Again112
A Companero from the Party113
Mario Aguilera Salazar114
12.
Another Detention Center117
You Are Luz, I Will Be Sombra119
Osvaldo Romo124
Cuatro Alamos128
The Unborn One129
Part 2
13.
Ollague Detention Center133
14.
Traitor and Whore142
Palmira Almuna Guzman, "Pepa"146
Lieutenant "Pablo"147
15.
My Lung Infection and My Last Meeting with My Brother151
Thoughts at Ollague152
Hunger for Bread154
Seeing My Family154
Female Personnel at Ollague155
16.
Lumi Videla Moya158
Sergio Perez Molina164
17.
The Day Miguel Died166
Alejandra's Suicide Attempt168
Captain Ferrer, Alias "Max Lenou"169
18.
The Terranova/Villa Nova Grimaldi Detention Center173
Another Christmas Present176
Christmas 1974177
New Year's Eve at Terranova178
Investigation183
19.
My Son and Family Court185
Creating the Vampiro Group186
Rolf Wenderoth Pozo187
20.
A Companero: "Joel"195
Bill Beausire Alonso196
Hugo Martinez, Alias "Tano"197
The Eight from Valparaiso199
Lautaro Videla's Arrest201
Marcelo Moren Brito's Nephew202
The Press Conference202
The Little House Next to the Tower203
21.
Major Wenderoth's Trip204
General Bonilla's Death206
Alfredo Rojas's Arrest207
Delia208
Ariel Mancilla210
Pedro Espinoza's Trip210
22.
The Cigarette Case212
Leonardo Schneider, Alias "El Barba"217
23.
DINA Employee219
"Marcos's" Escape220
The Arrests of Ricardo Lagos, Exequiel Ponce, and Carlos Lorca Tobar221
At the San Borja Towers222
The 119223
An Incident with Fuentes Morrison224
Battle on Malloco Street225
24.
Christmas at Terranova229
Patricio230
Hasbun and Contreras234
Testimony before the United Nations234
25.
Analyst at the Department of Intelligence236
Edgardo Enriquez Espinoza238
OAS Meeting in Chile239
Carmelo Soria240
The DINA behind Criminal Acts240
My Son's Visit with His Father241
26.
National Intelligence School244
27.
After the National Intelligence School253
"Chaty," Army Second Lieutenant254
Uruguayan Identity255
Change from the DINA to the CNI257
28.
Colonel Contreras259
29.
Contreras's Promotion to General264
Contreras Is Replaced267
Michael Townley269
Farewell Reception at the General's House270
Incident with Colonel Pantoja272
Rolf Wenderoth's Resignation273
Interval in San Antonio275
30.
The CNI Investigates the DINA277
Another Meeting with Pantoja278
Colonel Suau279
The Trial and the Incident with Colonel Concha281
Part 3
31.
In the CNI's Computer Unit287
Peace and Instability289
Letter of Resignation294
Fragments of an Identity297
32.
Operation Celeste300
An Incident at the Munchen Restaurant303
Dolly's Place304
Visitors from Chile307
Trip to Santiago310
Back to Montevideo311
Return to Chile313
Ricardo Ruz's Death314
33.
Meeting Juan Manuel316
In Hiding Again319
Pain and Happiness in My Family319
Conversion and Father Gerardo321
Father Jose Luis324
34.
Declaration before the National Truth and Reconciliation Commission326
Carlos Fresno330
Meeting with Erika and Viviana332
35.
In Europe336
Above All a Christian337
On Hatred and Reencounters338
Gloria Olivares340
The Chilean Bureau of Investigation341
36.
In the Courts343
Encounter with Rolf Wenderoth Pozo344
Encounters with Gerardo Urrich and Manuel Carevic346
Basclay Zapata, Alias "El Troglo"348
Fernando Lauriani350
37.
Miguel Krassnoff Martchenko354
Face-to-Face with Marcelo Moren Brito355
Encounter with Ricardo Lawrence Mires357
Other Court Proceedings358
38.
Maria Alicia, Alias "Carola," Alejandra, and Luz360
Dobra Lusic Nadal363
"I Did Not Do This for Me Alone"364
From Slavery to Freedom365
How Can I Hate Someone Who Could Someday Be My Brother?366
39.
The Iron Fist371
Index373

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