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Kim Jong-un declares admiration for Hitler: what could possibly go wrong?

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The North Korean dissident website New Focus International carried an interesting story on Monday. According to insiders, Kim Jong-un is getting into Hitler. In fact, the tubby tyrant digs the Nazi dictator so much that he’s started gifting copies of “Mein Kampf” to his inner circle. Having emulated Stalin for decades, it’s time for the regime to embrace a new villain.

At first glance, this is perplexing. What is there in “Mein Kampf” that has any relevance for the people of the “Hermit Kingdom”? Undoubtedly, Der Führer would have viewed the decidedly non-Aryan Kim as an inferior semi-human. There are precious few Jews in North Korea for Kim to scapegoat. And then there’s the fact that Hitler hated communists.

Well, apparently Kim is willing to overlook all that because he is impressed by Hitler’s “success” in the interwar period. Gazing at the wreckage of his country, Kim is looking for tips:

“Kim Jong-un gave a lecture to high-ranking officials. … Mentioning that Hitler managed to rebuild Germany in a short time following its defeat in WWI, Kim Jong-un issued an order for the Third Reich to be studied in depth and asked that practical applications be drawn from it.”

That it all ended in fire and blood and millions dead does not seem to worry Kim. Meanwhile I wonder whether he has actually read “Mein Kampf.” The author of the New Focus piece repeats rumors that Kim “made a close study of Hitler while at school in Switzerland,” but as someone who has read, or rather, attempted to read “Mein Kampf” I…

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Daniel Kalder is an author and journalist originally from Scotland, who currently resides in Texas after a ten year stint in the former USSR. Visit him online at
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