The Aquariums of Pyongyang

Author: Chol-hwan Kang
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9780465004713
Release Date: 2005-08-24
Genre: History

North Korea is today one of the last bastions of hard-line Communism. Its leaders have kept a tight grasp on their one-party regime, quashing any nascent opposition movements and sending all suspected dissidents to its brutal concentration camps for "re-education." Kang Chol-hwan is the first survivor of one of these camps to escape and tell his story to the world, documenting the extreme conditions in these gulags and providing a personal insight into life in North Korea. Part horror story, part historical document, part memoir, part political tract, this record of one man's suffering gives eyewitness proof to an ongoing sorrowful chapter of modern history. New edition with a new preface by the author.

The Aquariums of Pyongyang

Author: Kang Chol-Hwan
Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780857895387
Release Date: 2012-12-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Kang Chol-Hwan is the first survivor of a North Korean concentration camp to escape the 'hermit kingdom' and tell his story to the world. This memoir reveals the human suffering in his camp, with its forced labour, frequent public executions and near-starvation rations. Kang eventually escaped to South Korea via China to give testimony to the hardships and atrocities that constitute the lives of the thousands of people still detained in the gulags today. Part horror story, part historical document, part memoir, part political tract, this story of one young man's personal suffering finally gives eye-witness proof to this neglected chapter of modern history.

Mut zur Freiheit

Author: Yeonmi Park
Publisher: Goldmann Verlag
ISBN: 9783641178796
Release Date: 2015-10-19
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Yeonmi Park träumte nicht von der Freiheit, als sie im Alter von erst 13 Jahren aus Nordkorea floh. Sie wusste nicht einmal, was Freiheit ist. Alles, was sie wusste war, dass sie um ihr Leben lief, dass sie und ihre Familie sterben würde, wenn sie bliebe - vor Hunger, an einer Krankheit oder gar durch Exekution. In ihrem Buch erzählt Yeonmi Park von ihrem Kampf ums Überleben in einem der dunkelsten und repressivsten Regime unserer Zeit; sie erzählt von ihrer grauenhaften Odyssee durch die chinesische Unterwelt, bevölkert von Schmugglern und Menschenhändlern, bis nach Südkorea; und sie erzählt von ihrem erstaunlichen Weg zur führenden Menschenrechts-Aktivistin mit noch nicht einmal 21 Jahren.

Im Land des Fl sterns

Author: Barbara Demick
Publisher: Droemer eBook
ISBN: 9783426452370
Release Date: 2017-09-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Leben und lieben in Zeiten der Diktatur: Die Autorin und Journalistin Barbara Demick erzählt bewegende Geschichten von Menschen in Nordkorea, ihrem Alltag, ihren Beziehungen, ihren Ängsten und vor allem den Herausforderungen durch die gnadenlosen Lebensverhältnisse im Schattenreich des "geliebten Führers" Kim Jong Il. Barbara Demick schildert in ihrem bewegenden Buch die Geschichte von Song Hee-suk, einer regimetreuen Vorzeigebürgerin, die zusehen muss, wie ihre Schwiegermutter, ihr Ehemann und ihr Sohn vor Hunger sterben. Sie berichtet von der Ärztin Kim Ji-eun, die verzweifelt, weil sie ihren Patienten nicht helfen kann, da selbst die Voraussetzungen für die einfachste medizinische Versorgung fehlen; sie erzählt von Mi-ran und ihrem Verehrer Jun-sang, einem Liebespaar, das sich nur in der Dunkelheit treffen kann, weil die Beziehung gegen die Parteidoktrin verstößt. Doch wenn sich das verheißene sozialistische Paradies des Führers Kim Jong Il als Hölle auf Erden erweist, bleibt allein die Flucht. Seit den massiven Kriegsdrohungen Nordkoreas gegenüber Südkorea und den USA im Frühjahr 2013 steht das streng abgeschottete Land im Fokus des internationalen Interesses. Die Situation hat sich 2017 durch den öffentlichen verbalen Schlagabtausch zwischen US-Präsident Donald Trump und Kim Jong Un, dem Sohn des verstorbenen Führers Kim Jong Il, noch verschärft. Die langjährige Ostasien-Korrespondentin der "Los Angeles Times" Barbara Demick ist eine exzellente Kennerin der Verhältnisse in der diktatorisch regierten Volksrepublik. In ihrem mit dem Human Rights Book Award ausgezeichneten Buch liefert sie tiefe und verstörende Einblicke in das Alltagsleben Nordkoreas und zeigt uns eine ferne, sehr fremde und nahezu unbekannte Welt. "Ein scharfsinniges, über die Maßen erhellendes Buch über das Alltagsleben in Nordkorea" Jung Chang, Autorin des Weltbestsellers "Wilde Schwäne" "Auf dem deutschsprachigen Buchmarkt kommt wohl nichts näher an den nordkoreanischen Alltag heran als dieses ausgezeichnet geschriebene Buch." Süddeutsche Zeitung "Ungewöhnlich, klug, engagiert" der Freitag

Das M dchen das den IS besiegte

Author: Andrea C. Hoffmann
Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE
ISBN: 9783732523597
Release Date: 2016-01-21
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Farida Abbas ist 18 Jahre alt, als der IS im August 2014 ihr Dorf im irakischen Sinjar-Gebirge überfällt. Die Terroristen treiben die Männer und Jungen des Dorfes zusammen und töten sie. Die Mädchen und Frauen nehmen sie mit. Vier Monate lebt Farida in der Hölle auf Erden: Sie wird als Sklavin von Mann zu Mann verkauft, vergewaltigt, fast totgeschlagen. Doch sie überlebt und entwickelt in der Folge den ungeheuren Mut, sich ihren Peinigern zu widersetzen. Zusammen mit sechs anderen Mädchen, die sie anführt, gelingt ihr eine abenteuerliche Flucht durch die Wüste.

Das geraubte Leben des Waisen Jun Do

Author: Adam Johnson
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 9783518730690
Release Date: 2013-03-11
Genre: Fiction

Pak Jun Do hat noch nie einen Film gesehen, kaum je ein Werbeplakat, er findet es merkwürdig, dass woanders Leute Tiere im Haus halten, und wundert sich über Maschinen, die Geld auswerfen. Er kennt keine Ironie, keine Kunst, keine Mode und keine Magazine. Aufgewachsen im nordkoreanischen Waisenhaus Frohe Zukunft, ist er ein winziges Rädchen im großen Getriebe der absurd-grausamen Herrschaft des »Geliebten Führers« Kim Jong Il. Schon ein falsches Wort kann jeden sofort ins Lager bringen. Doch mit der Zeit beginnt Jun Do an etwas zu glauben, was stärker ist als Staatstreue: Freundschaft und Liebe. Als er die Schauspielerin Sun Moon trifft, lernt er das bedingungslose Vertrauen in einen anderen Menschen kennen. Und nur dafür lohnt es sich zu überleben.

Nordkorea

Author: Arno Maierbrugger
Publisher: Trescher Verlag
ISBN: 9783897942578
Release Date: 2014-03
Genre: Travel

Reisen in Nordkorea ist mit gewöhnlichen Aufenthalten in fremden Ländern nicht zu vergleichen, schließlich handelt es sich bei der Demokratischen Volksrepublik Korea um das am meisten abgeschottete Land der Welt. Ohne staatliche ›Reiseführer‹ können sich Ausländer in Nordkorea, zumindest außerhalb der Hauptstadt Pyongyang, nicht frei bewegen. Wer diese Einschränkungen in Kauf nimmt, hat die Möglichkeit, sich selbst ein Bild über das gegenwärtige Gesellschaftssystem Nordkoreas zu machen sowie einen Eindruck von den Menschen und der fast unberührten Landschaft zu gewinnen. Eine intensive Reisevorbereitung und die Beachtung notwendiger Verhaltensregeln im Land sind für eine Nordkoreareise unabdingbar. Dieser Reiseführer bietet neben der ausführlichen Darstellung der Geschichte und Kultur Nordkoreas eine Beschreibung der besuchenswerten Regionen sowie detaillierte Tipps zur Reisedurchführung.

Nordkorea

Author: Christoph Moeskes
Publisher: Ch. Links Verlag
ISBN: 9783862841035
Release Date: 2012-01-01
Genre: History

Nordkorea gilt als rätselhaftes Land. Es bedroht die Nachbarn mit der Atombombe, kann seine Bevölkerung nicht ausreichend ernähren und betreibt geheime Straflager. Gleichzeitig wird das Bild einer heilen Welt vermittelt, huldigen Staat und Einwohner dem Großen Führer Kim Il Sung und seinem Sohn, dem Geliebten Führer Kim Jong Il, wie Gottheiten. Schrill die Aufmärsche, bis zu 20 Meter hoch die Statuen, beängstigend präzise die Massengymnastik. Trotz der vorsichtigen Öffnung scheint die Demokratische Volksrepublik noch immer wie von einem anderen Stern. Nur wenige Ausländer erhalten Zutritt in den Norden der koreanischen Halbinsel. Die 2. Auflage dieses Bandes versammelt Berichte von 22 Autoren - Journalisten, Wissenschaftler, Mitarbeiter von Hilfswerken, Künstler und Touristen -, die ein überraschend facettenreiches Bild von der Lebenswirklichkeit in Nordkorea zeichnen.

Long Road Home

Author: Suk-Young Kim
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231519281
Release Date: 2009-01-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Kim Yong shares his harrowing account of life in a labor camp& mdash;a singularly despairing form of torture carried out by the secret state. Although it is known that gulags exist in North Korea, little information is available about their organization and conduct, for prisoners rarely escape both incarceration and the country alive. Long Road Home shares the remarkable story of one such survivor, a former military official who spent six years in a gulag and experienced firsthand the brutality of an unconscionable regime. As a lieutenant colonel in the North Korean army, Kim Yong enjoyed unprecedented privilege in a society that closely monitored its citizens. He owned an imported car and drove it freely throughout the country. He also encountered corruption at all levels, whether among party officials or Japanese trade partners, and took note of the illicit benefits that were awarded to some and cruelly denied to others. When accusations of treason stripped Kim Yong of his position, the loose distinction between those who prosper and those who suffer under Kim Jong-il became painfully clear. Kim Yong was thrown into a world of violence and terror, condemned to camp No. 14 in Hamkyeong province, North Korea's most notorious labor camp. As he worked a constant shift 2,400 feet underground, daylight became Kim's new luxury; as the months wore on, he became intimately acquainted with political prisoners, subhuman camp guards, and an apocalyptic famine that killed millions. After years of meticulous planning, and with the help of old friends, Kim escaped and came to the United States via China, Mongolia, and South Korea. Presented here for the first time in its entirety, his story not only testifies to the atrocities being committed behind North Korea's wall of silence, but it also illuminates the daily struggle to maintain dignity and integrity in the face of unbelievable odds. Like the work of Solzhenitsyn, this rare portrait tells a story of resilience as it reveals the dark forms of oppression, torture, and ideological terror at work in our world today.

Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader

Author: Bradley K. Martin
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1429906995
Release Date: 2007-04-01
Genre: History

Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader offers in-depth portraits of North Korea's two ruthless and bizarrely Orwellian leaders, Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il. Lifting North Korea's curtain of self-imposed isolation, this book will take readers inside a society, that to a Westerner, will appear to be from another planet. Subsisting on a diet short on food grains and long on lies, North Koreans have been indoctrinated from birth to follow unquestioningly a father-son team of megalomaniacs. To North Koreans, the Kims are more than just leaders. Kim Il-Sung is the country's leading novelist, philosopher, historian, educator, designer, literary critic, architect, general, farmer, and ping-pong trainer. Radios are made so they can only be tuned to the official state frequency. "Newspapers" are filled with endless columns of Kim speeches and propaganda. And instead of Christmas, North Koreans celebrate Kim's birthday--and he presents each child a present, just like Santa. The regime that the Kim Dynasty has built remains technically at war with the United States nearly a half century after the armistice that halted actual fighting in the Korean War. This fascinating and complete history takes full advantage of a great deal of source material that has only recently become available (some from archives in Moscow and Beijing), and brings the reader up to the tensions of the current day. For as this book will explain, North Korea appears more and more to be the greatest threat among the Axis of Evil countries--with some defector testimony warning that Kim Jong-Il has enough chemical weapons to wipe out the entire population of South Korea.

IN NORTH KOREA

Author: Rory Maclean
Publisher: wander2wonder press
ISBN: 9781912022786
Release Date: 2017-09-16
Genre: Travel

North Koreans could change the world. Today their country can annihilate South Korea and Japan. By 2020 their aim is to have submarine-launched missiles able to nuke the US mainland. So who are the North Koreans? What do they think and feel? Are they belligerent automatons, indoctrinated by years of propaganda, with fingers hovering over trigger buttons? Or simply ordinary men and women who have been shaped by fear or national idolisation, willing to do anything to be accepted and to survive? To answer these question, photographer Nick Danziger and author Rory MacLean, two of today's most sensitive chroniclers, travelled across the country, meeting farmers, fishermen and the captain of the national football team. They spent a morning one hundred metres underground with a 22-year-old subway train dispatcher and afternoons at the capital's dolphinarium, a lavish entertainment complex created to convince North Koreans of their prosperity. At the Museum of the Victorious Fatherland War, as the Korean War is known in the country, they spoke to a much-decorated national hero who boasted, 'When I was eighteen years old I shot and killed 367 enemy soldiers.' From the spotless streets of Pyongyang to the pine-fringed beaches of Wonsan, along the Youth Hero Road, an all-but-deserted strategic highway built by some 50,000 conscripts out of 'patriotic duty', Danziger and MacLean create a telling portrait of both ordinary and extraordinary North Koreans, catching a glimpse of real life in the world's most secretive nation, at a turning point in its – and our – history. 'Danziger is the stuff that legends are made of.' -- Literary Review 'One of the world's top photojournalists.' -- Practical Photographer 'Rory MacLean is more than a gifted writer. He is a man whose artistry is underpinned by a powerful moral sensibility.' – Fergal Keane, BBC 'MacLean is one of the most strikingly original and talented travel writers of his generation.' – Katie Hickman

The Hidden People of North Korea

Author: Ralph Hassig
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742567207
Release Date: 2009-09-24
Genre: Political Science

This unique book provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects of life in North Korea today. Drawing on decades of insider knowledge and experience, noted experts Ralph Hassig and Kongdan Oh explore a world few outsiders can imagine. In vivid detail, the authors describe how the secretive and authoritarian government of Kim Jong-il shapes every aspect of its citizens' lives, how the command socialist economy has utterly failed, and how ordinary individuals struggle to survive through small-scale capitalism. North Koreans remain hungry and oppressed, yet the outside world is slowly filtering in, and the book concludes by urging the United States to flood North Korea with information so that its people can make decisions based on truth rather than their dictator's ubiquitous propaganda.

North Korea

Author: Young Whan Kihl
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317463764
Release Date: 2014-12-18
Genre: Business & Economics

Featuring contributions by some of the leading experts in Korean studies, this book examines the political content of Kim Jong-Il's regime maintenance, including both the domestic strategy for regime survival and North Korea's foreign relations with South Korea, Russia, China, Japan, and the United States. It considers how and why the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) became a "hermit kingdom" in the name of Juche (self-reliance) ideology, and the potential for the barriers of isolationism to endure. This up-to-date analysis of the DPRK's domestic and external policy linkages also includes a discussion of the ongoing North Korean nuclear standoff in the region.

The Real North Korea

Author: Andrei Lankov
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199975846
Release Date: 2013-04-10
Genre: History

Andrei Lankov has gone where few outsiders have ever been. A native of the former Soviet Union, he lived as an exchange student in North Korea in the 1980s. He has studied it for his entire career, using his fluency in Korean and personal contacts to build a rich, nuanced understanding. In The Real North Korea, Lankov substitutes cold, clear analysis for the overheated rhetoric surrounding this opaque police state. After providing an accessible history of the nation, he turns his focus to what North Korea is, what its leadership thinks, and how its people cope with living in such an oppressive and poor place. He argues that North Korea is not irrational, and nothing shows this better than its continuing survival against all odds. A living political fossil, it clings to existence in the face of limited resources and a zombie economy, manipulating great powers despite its weakness. Its leaders are not ideological zealots or madmen, but perhaps the best practitioners of Machiavellian politics that can be found in the modern world. Even though they preside over a failed state, they have successfully used diplomacy-including nuclear threats-to extract support from other nations. But while the people in charge have been ruthless and successful in holding on to power, Lankov goes on to argue that this cannot continue forever, since the old system is slowly falling apart. In the long run, with or without reform, the regime is unsustainable. Lankov contends that reforms, if attempted, will trigger a dramatic implosion of the regime. They will not prolong its existence. Based on vast expertise, this book reveals how average North Koreans live, how their leaders rule, and how both survive.

One Korea

Author: Shepherd Iverson
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9781476606156
Release Date: 2013-09-03
Genre: Social Science