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Benevolent Dictator – “Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea” – Barbara Demick

September 19th, 2011 · No Comments · History, North Korea, Totalitarianism

Kim Il-sung also wanted love. Murals in vivid poster colors showed him surrounded by pink-cheeked children looking on with adoration as he bestowed on them a pearly-toothed, ear-to-ear grin. Toys and bicycles clutter the background of these images – Kim Il-sung didn’t want to be Joseph Stalin; he wanted to be Santa Claus.

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