Becoming Victoria: Argentina's Dirty War

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The stains from Argentina's Dirty War continue to surface in unexpected and appalling ways. We hear from a woman who learns a terrifying secret about the people she thought were her parents and their role in the fate of the people who gave her life.




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Robert Cox, former editor of Buenos Aires Herald, was one of the only journalists writing about the Dirty War.

Last summer, an extraordinary verdict shone a light on one of Argentina's darkest hours. Two former top generals of the Argentinean dictatorship were convicted of stealing babies, the infant children of political prisoners, during that country's Dirty War in the 70's and 80's.

Rafael Videla, who led Argentina's military in those days was sentenced to 50 years. And Reynaldo Bignone received 15 years for the thefts. Both men are already serving life sentences for other crimes. But the convictions have helped confirm the existence of a systematic kidnapping program that the military once denied existed.

It's alleged as many as 500 children were stolen from their families and given to people friendly to the military. Those children would now be in their 30's. A well known group in Argentina - the Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo - has identified 105 of these children ... leaving many more, presumably, unaware of their true identities.

The Current's Kathleen Goldhar traveled to Buenos Aires last summer to meet Victoria Montenegro. For decades, Victoria was known as Maria Sol. But that was before she learned she had been stolen.

Kathleen Goldhar's documentary, Becoming Victoria first aired on September 6th, 2012.


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