Lead: With the end of the war in Vietnam in 1975, Cambodia too was seized by a communist regime, a very brutal one.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Pol Pot was born into a peasant family and then began preparations for the Buddhist clergy. He dropped out, tried his hand at carpentry and then joined Ho Chi Minh anti-French resistance in the 1940s. On a technical scholarship he studied in Paris, but spent most of his time on revolutionary activities and had to return to Cambodia when he failed his exams and his funds were cut off.

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