Kim Il-sung meeting the Hungarian communist leader János Kádár in 1984. Kim Il-sung, founder of North Korea, had a baseball-sized growth on his neck. Official photos of him were therefore taken from a leftward angle to hide the growth.
Kim Il-sung, founder of North Korea, had a baseball-sized growth on his neck. Official photos of the “Eternal President” were therefore taken from a leftward angle to hide the growth. In the picture: Kim Il-sung in a meeting with the Hungarian communist leader János Kádár. 1984
As he aged, starting in the late 1970s, Kim developed a calcium deposit growth on the right side of the back of his neck. Its close proximity to his brain and spinal cord made it inoperable. Because of its unappealing nature, North Korean photographers were forbidden from taking photos of Kim which showed the growth. Kim was depicted from his left side to hide the growth from official photographs and newsreels (in his official portrait, he cranes his neck to the right as if to hide it). As the growth reached the size of a baseball by the late 1980s, it got increasingly difficult to hide, and photos were doctored to airbrush it out.
“But when I spoke to scholars and historians of North Korea, they uniformly rejected the idea that Kim is a lunatic. His ruthlessness and fierce rhetoric should not be confused with irrationality, they explained. Instead, he should be understood as extremely calculating and disciplined when it comes to maintaining his grip on power — just as his predecessors (his father, Kim Jong Il, and his grandfather and the country’s founder, Kim Il Sung) were.
To most North Korea experts, Kim Jong Un is far from erratic. In fact, they say that if anyone is unpredictable in this scenario, it’s President Trump.”
NORTH KOREA. Mount Paektu. April 4, 2012. A North Korean soldier, working as a guide, walks through a forest that is said to be a former camp site where the late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung overnight while leading a battle against the Japanese.
“Engels once called the British army the most brutal army. During the Second World War, the German fascist army surpassed the barbarism of the British army. No human brain could ever imagine more diabolic and terrible cruelty than those done by the Hitler gangsters at that time. But in Korea, the Americans have far exceeded the Hitlerites!" ~ Kim Il-sung
All adult North Koreans are required to wear a pin depicting either Kim Jong Il or Kim Il Sung over their hearts to demonstrate their undying respect and gratitude to the “father figures” of the country. Soiling or marking the pin in any way is regarded as a serious political crime.
You know, with all the rise in hostility between the Far Left and Far Right, it makes me wish I could draw so I could vent my frustrations with an old-fashioned styled political cartoon showing Uncle Sam kicking Hitler/a Neo-Nazi/a white supremacist, Stalin/Lenin/a Neo-Communist/a Black Bloc member, Mussolini, Castro, Guevera, Mao, Kim Il-Sung/Kim Jong-Il, Saddam, Bin Laden, and Pinochet out of a helicopter (and yes, the irony is not lost on me with Pinochet suffering the same fate as the people he killed), with the tagline “Make sure to be fair, and kick em’ all off!”
That’s an image I’d really like to see put to brought to life. I hope at least one of my followers would be willing to help, since that would be really cathartic for all the anger, confusion, and depression I’ve been feeling these past months. Any volunteers?