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Pol Pot was the Cambodian equivalent of Germanys Hitler attempting to purify the nation through massive genocidal ethnic cleansing Generally assumed to be born as Saloth Sar on between January and May on the 25th of a month 1925 in an unknown village just north of Phnom Penh he was raised as a normal child However his academic pursuits were less than satisfying At the age of six he was sent to live with his brother for two years of schooling after which he promptly enrolled in a Catholic or ministerial school Six years quickly flew by as Saloth learned the general foundation of his knowledge as well as a foreign language--French--that would later come back to haunt him Saloth failed his schools final exams and was thrown out He did however qualify for a funded scholarship to learn radio electronics at a university in Paris France In 1949 he left for Paris Shortly after he arrived he was given his first taste of true Communism in the odd form of the French Communist Party He focused mainly on the FCP instead of his schoolwork and lost his scholarship in 1953 upon which he then returned to Cambodia Immediately after his return he joined the Indochina Communist Party During the 1954 elections the democratic and communist parties lost to Prince Sihanouks current government so Saloth began to teach at a school He often enlightened his students in the ways of Communist thought Sihanouk however foresaw this Communist problem and quickly began a crackdown operation most likely to make the newfound opposition disappear Saloth fled to the surrounding jungles along with other Communists where he sadly stayed there for seven long years avoiding detection by police and military forces Vietnamese forces lined the opposite side of the jungles and openly had skirmishes with the Cambodian government In this stir the Communists often received help from the Vietnamese and planned an attack together In
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