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Pol Pot

Dictator and Revolutionary Pol Pot

Full Name: Saloth Sar
Profession: Dictator and Revolutionary


Biography: As the leader of the Khmer Rouge, Pol Pot ruled Cambodia from 1975 until 1979. In this short time his totalitarian regime killed an estimated 1 to 3 million Cambodians - or a quarter of the population - many in the infamous "killing fields."

His government embarked on a mass collectivization program during which residents of Cambodia's cities were forced to work en masse in the countryside.

Born: May 19, 1925
Birthplace: Prek Sbauv, Kampong Thom, Cambodia

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Taurus

Died: April 15, 1998 (aged 72)
Cause of Death: Disputed

Married Life

  • 1956-07-14 30th Prime Minister of Cambodia Pol Pot (31) marries Khieu Ponnary

Historical Events

  • 1997-06-10 Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot orders the killing of his defense chief Son Sen and 11 of Sen's family members before Pol Pot flees his northern stronghold