'Little Kim' handing out copies of Mein Kampf to North Korean officials
In case you were wondering what he plans to do with those nuclear weapons
Senior North Korean officials received copies of “Mein Kampf,” Adolf
Hitler’s rambling prison memoir, as gifts for Kim Jong Un’s birthday
this January, according to a report by New Focus International, a North Korean news organization that sources from defectors and volunteer citizens within the country.
The famous Nazi autobiography was reportedly distributed as what’s
called a “hundred-copy book,” which refers to Pyongyang’s practice of
circulating an extremely limited number of copies among top officials,
though most books are forbidden in North Korea. Gifts marking the
leader’s birthday are typically imbued with special political
The book was apparently not distributed to endorse Nazism so much as
to draw attention to Germany’s economic and military reconstruction
after World War One. A North Korean who works on behalf of the country
in China told New Focus that Kim gave a speech endorsing Germany’s
inter-war revival and encouraging officials to read “Mein Kampf.”
“Kim Jong Un gave a lecture to high-ranking officials, stressing that
we must pursue the policy of Byungjin in terms of nuclear and economic
development,” New Focus’s North Korean source told them by phone.
“Byungjin” translates literally to “in tandem” and refers to official policy of developing the nuclear program and economy simultaneously.
The source continued, “Mentioning that Hitler managed to rebuild
Germany in a short time following its defeat in World War One, Kim Jong
Un issued an order for the Third Reich to be studied in depth and asked
that practical applications be drawn from it.”
I wonder whether his Iranian and Syrian allies handed it out too. What could go wrong?
Labels: Adolph Hitler, Kim Jong-Un, Mein Kampf, North Korea