13 Historical Atrocities Deliberately Hidden From The Public

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In the study of history, we often find deliberate efforts to distort or hide what truly happened. This can involve destroying records, ignoring important events, or even creating an alternative narrative. In this slide show, we will discuss 13 such historical events, to uncover hidden truths and understand the impact they have on our understanding of the past. Join us as we delve into the obscured corners of history to uncover what lies beneath.

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#1 Japan’s Reluctance to Address Comfort Women

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Some people in Japan avoid discussing the issue of “comfort women” during World War II. These were women who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military. Some individuals deny or downplay this part of history, which makes it difficult for survivors and their families to get recognition and justice.

#2 Vietnam War Crimes

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During the Vietnam War, American military forces committed numerous war crimes, including the massacre of civilians, torture of prisoners, and indiscriminate bombing of civilian areas. Despite evidence and testimonies documenting these atrocities, the full extent of American war crimes in Vietnam has been downplayed or denied in official accounts.

#3 The Cultural Revolution’s Impact on Chinese History

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China’s Cultural Revolution, led by Mao Zedong from 1966 to 1976, resulted in widespread destruction of cultural artifacts, persecution of intellectuals, and mass violence. Despite the immense suffering endured by millions of Chinese people during this period, the Chinese government often downplays or sanitizes the Cultural Revolution in official narratives.

#4 Australia’s Stolen Generation in Australia

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The Australian government has been criticized for not offering sufficient apologies or reparations to Indigenous peoples for past injustices, such as the forced removal of Indigenous children from their families (the Stolen Generations). While some apologies have been made, many Indigenous communities feel that these efforts fall short of addressing the ongoing impacts of colonization and systemic discrimination.

#5 Saudi Arabia’s Focus on Islamic History

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Saudi Arabia tends to prioritize Islamic history and heritage, while downplaying or neglecting its pre-Islamic past. This selective focus can lead to the neglect or destruction of archaeological sites and artifacts that are not aligned with Islamic narratives, impeding efforts to understand the country’s rich cultural heritage beyond religious boundaries.

#6 British Colonial Legacy and Historical Omissions

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Some critics argue that British colonial history is often presented in a way that downplays or ignores the negative aspects of colonization. This can include glossing over the violence, exploitation, and cultural suppression that occurred in colonized territories, continuing myths of benevolent imperialism, and disregarding the experiences of Indigenous peoples.

#7 Stalin’s Purges and Gulags in Soviet History

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The Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin engaged in widespread purges and forced labor camps known as Gulags, where millions of people were imprisoned, and many died. However, during and after Stalin’s rule, the Soviet government suppressed information about these atrocities, and many details remained hidden or denied for decades.

#8 Rwanda Genocide Denial

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Despite overwhelming evidence and international recognition of the genocide against the Tutsi population in Rwanda in 1994, there are individuals and groups within Rwanda and abroad who deny or minimize the atrocities. This denial continues ethnic divisions and undermines efforts toward reconciliation and justice, hindering healing and accountability.

#9 Soviet Concealment of the Ukraine Famine

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During the Soviet era, the government hid the truth about a severe famine that occurred in Ukraine during the 1930s. They didn’t want people to know that millions of Ukrainians died because of government policies that caused food shortages. Instead, they claimed it was due to natural causes, like bad weather.

#10 American Neglect of Native American History

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In the United States, there’s often a lack of focus on the mistreatment and displacement of Native American peoples throughout history. This includes taking their land and treating them unfairly. Sometimes, this part of history isn’t discussed enough in schools or public discourse, which makes it harder for everyone to understand the full story.

#11 The Widespread Forced Sterilization

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Throughout much of the 20th century, state governments in the United States implemented eugenics programs that forcibly sterilized tens of thousands of individuals deemed “unfit” or “undesirable.” This practice disproportionately targeted marginalized communities, including people of color, those with disabilities, and those deemed “mentally deficient.”

#12 The Armenian Genocide’s Recognition

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The Ottoman Empire’s systematic extermination of Armenians during World War I, known as the Armenian Genocide, has been widely recognized as genocide by many countries and international organizations. However, the Turkish government has consistently denied the genocide, and efforts to acknowledge it within Turkey have been met with suppression and legal consequences.

#13 The Red Summer of 1919

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In the aftermath of World War I, racial tensions in the United States boiled over into widespread violence against African American communities in cities across the country. This period, known as the Red Summer, saw numerous incidents of racial terrorism and lynchings, which were often downplayed or ignored by local authorities and media outlets.

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