Ever the generous leader, Kim Jong Un handed out copies of Adolf Hilter’s infamous “Mein Kampf” prison memoir to his senior leadership officials for his birthday.
The report comes from News Focus International, which is a Korean News information site run by defectors and volunteers in the country. According to the site, the book was distributed as a “hundred copy book,” which means only about a hundred copies were circulated throughout the top leadership in the country. Most books are forbidden in North Korea, but now “Mein Kampf” is among the few permissible titles.
The news source explains that the intention behind giving the book out was not to promote Nazism, but rather to educate Kim Jong Un’s senior officials about post-World War One Germany, and how the country was able to bounce back politically, economically and militarily.
The book, however, is famous for its incoherent ramblings on the topics of economics and politics and does not provide much of a road map for North Korea to stabilize its economy. Nevertheless, both post-World War One Germany and modern day North Korea can relate to economic isolation, which may be a symbolic reason Kim Jong Un wants his top officials to read the memoir. Germany, as history has noted, was able to still build a strong military and economy despite the setbacks, which is a goal North Korea is undoubtedly striving for.
“Kim Jong Un gave a lecture to high-ranking officials, stressing that we must pursue the policy of Byungjin [in tandem] in terms of nuclear and economic development,” said a North Korean source to New Focus. Byungjin, specifically, refers to the country’s intentions of simultaneously fostering nuclear and economic power.
“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,” the source said.
There is only hope that Hitler’s unceremonious and infamous end can serve as a glaring warning sign for North Korea, and perhaps as a suggestion to start playing by the rules.