“PEACE SE­CURED BY SLAVISH SUB­MIS­SION IS NOT PEACE.”

World of Knowledge (Australia) - - History - KIMIL-SUNG

his­to­ri­ans refer to as his ‘cult of per­son­al­ity’. Mas­sive portraits of the self-styled Great Leader were erected around the coun­try, beam­ing with Il-sung’s im­pos­si­bly white grin. All news­pa­pers and text­books in­cluded ‘words of in­struc­tion’ from the big man. In 1974, Il-sung even abol­ished tax­a­tion.

“To my child­ish eyes and to those of all my friends, Kim Il-sung [and Kim Jong-il] were per­fect be­ings, un­tar­nished by any base hu­man func­tion,” says au­thor and North Korean de­fec­tor Kang Chol-hwan. “I was con­vinced, as we all were, that nei­ther of them uri­nated or defe­cated. Who could imag­ine such things of gods?”

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