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Note sure if it counts, but Eric Fair is an Arabic linguist who worked in Iraq as a contract interrogator in early 2004.  He wrote a book on his experience, available from his web site. He discussed this in a Washington Post article, quoted on this blog (and elsewhere): A man with no face stares at me from the corner of a room.  He pleads for help, but I’m ...


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Henri Sanson, executioner of France, was part of the Sanson family who were the hereditary executioners for around 150 years. He wrote a book in 1847 describing his experiences and the experiences of his ancestors as related by family stories passed down over the years. (https://www.amazon.com/Memoirs-Sansons-Private-Documents-1688-1847-ebook/dp/B07DYBRSF7/...


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The diary of Thomas Thistlewood, an 18th century slaveowner in Jamaica, records in great and vivid detail his regular torture, rape, and forced humiliation of 'his' slaves. The diary has been digitised by Yale University and is available at the website of the Beinecke library.


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Dr. Miklos Nyiszli's Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account (ISBN 583122345) The author talks of his participation as a means of survival and is not the easiest of reads.


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In the documentary, "All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace" by Adam Curtis (produced by the BBC), episode 3, there is footage from an interview in 1967 with a mercenary who tortured and murdered people in the Congo (approximately at the 30 minute mark). The same clip is included in this blog post by Adam Curtis which includes a lot of ...


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Since it has not been mentioned yet: There are quite a lot of accounts of the Holocaust from the point of view of its perpetrators. It does indeed seem as if there were some psychological problems (often in the form of alcohol abuse), but many perpetrators also seem to have found some way to justify what they were doing (orders have to be followed, it is ...


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Pictures from the book "Drawings from the GULAG" by Danzig Baldaev, a retired Soviet prison guard. Depictions of the Soviet genocide. In Melgunov's Red Terror in Russia 1917 - 1923 are several accounts of executioners and torturers going insane. He tells of a Bolshevik commissar named Mikhail Kedrov who was famous for making it a point to execute ...


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Takashi Nagase wrote a book about his experiences during and after the Second World War entitled Crosses and Tigers, and financed a Buddhist temple on the Thai-Burma railway to atone for his actions during the war. This included his time as a Kempeitai (military secret police) interpreter and torturer in a prison camp on the railway. He later befriended ...


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Some examples can be found in the log book of Vasco da Gama first travel to India: "Vasco da Gama ordered to torture two captured Arabs. With cool blood the Captain-Commander interrogated the unhappy prisoners, dropping on their backs the boiling mixture of tar and oil..." From the travel log of Alfonso de Albuquerque: "In Mascat (Muscat), ...


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Ok, after continuing my research on the subject and digging deeper, I found a source from Henry L. Savage, I didn't have access previously to, that goes into a little more detail on the relationship of Enguerrand VII de Coucy with his 2 lieges. Enguerrand was sent along with other French nobles to England as hostages for the ransom of the King: In 1363 ...


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The simple answer is that a young lawyer (barrister, in particular) learns much more by shadowing a senior lawyer in a legal chamber (legal firm). This hands-on or applied aspect of legal work is considered a privilege, certainly much more valuable than another year or two reading in law libraries (given that they will be doing it for the rest of their ...


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