Baylor University Institute for Oral History

Savann Kruoch

Baylor University Institute for Oral History
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0:25 - Early life in Cambodia

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Subjects: 1954, Takeo province, Buddhism, Communists, father's death, mother, school, Phnom Penh, separation, 1977, children, starvation, rice field, irrigation, 1972


Hyperlink: Takeo province
6:55 - Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia

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Subjects: 1979 Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia, Jungle, death of a friend


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8:17 - Family life in Cambodia

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Subjects: Rice farming, school, Phnom Penh, Communists overtaking countryside


Hyperlink: Phnom Penh
10:30 - Communist advance in Cambodia 13:01 - Life in the city

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Subjects: bombs, family, first-generation college student, pharmacist, migration to the city, Communists

19:15 - Looking outside of Cambodia 21:00 - Facing Communism

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Subjects: college, safety, identification, new clothing, sick people, evacuation


Hyperlink: Evacuation of Phnom Penh
25:50 - Journey out of Phnom Penh

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Subjects: family, transportation, French, English

29:32 - Transfer to work camp

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Subjects: family, jungle, building, barn, beating, guns, malnutrition


Hyperlink: Work Camps and Farming Cooperatives
33:08 - Work camp team

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Subjects: build a street, produce rice, new rice fields, killings, starvation, working people to death, independence, assignments

36:36 - Life laboring

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Subjects: assignments, strength, harvesting, food, China, bicycles, trade, materials made in China, 1975 arrive at the farm

39:24 - Vietnamese invade Cambodia

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Subjects: 1979, survival, elderly woman children, guards


Hyperlink: Vietnamese-Cambodian conflict
42:51 - Communists falling

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Subjects: Vietnamese arrival, jungle, mountains

45:13 - Escape from the camp

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Subjects: Vietnamese invasion, starvation, border with Thailand


Hyperlink: border between Thailand and Cambodia
49:20 - Leaving Cambodia

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Subjects: independence, nourishment, friends, liberty army

52:02 - Refugee camp

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Subjects: United Nations, pediatric hospital, medicine supply


Hyperlink: Cambodian refugees
53:26 - Religious experience

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Subjects: Christianity, the book of John, Jesus Christ

55:12 - Concern for family

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Subjects: family, communication, United States, sponsorship

58:13 - Leaving the Refugee Camp

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Subjects: hospital, fire, Communists, France, United States

60:29 - Relocating permanently

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Subjects: Australia, France, New Zealand, United States, interviewing, sponsorship, Christians, Bangkok, meeting his wife

67:57 - Call to mission work

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Subjects: Refugee camp, starting a church, Vietnamese, Catholic, 1985

70:49 - Genocide's affect on Kruoch as a pastor 71:44 - Returning to Cambodia 72:25 - Pervading memories 73:22 - Remembering woman who gave rice 74:43 - Discussion of conversion

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Subjects: Buddhism, labor camp, hopelessness

76:42 - Behavior of the Communists

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Subjects: Stealing, Phnom Pehn, peace, excitement


Hyperlink: Khmer Rouge description
78:25 - Separation from friends 79:11 - Thoughts on the legacy of the genocide

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Keywords: "the world did not know"

Subjects: slaves, starvation, survival, China, Communists, America, 1981, Catholic Charities

83:40 - Work in refugee services 83:41 - Life in the United States

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Subjects: Catholic Charities, Houston TX, support, food, housing, money