Let’s say you’re the young, relatively-untested, absolute totalitarian ruler of North Korea. And, bear with us for a second, Let’s also say you’ve got a bunch of older, more seasoned deputies, generals, and advisors, all of whom look to you – their fearless leader! – as the shining beacon of hope and guidance, because, hey, your daddy said so. How do you show your appreciation for all their years of hard work and service to the North Korean Communist cause?
How about giving them copies of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”?
As reported by the Washington Post, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un handed out copies of Hitler’s autobiography to his top advisors as part of his birthday celebration, this past January:
The famous Nazi autobiography was reportedly distributed as what’s called a “hundred-copy book,” which refers to Pyongyang’s practice of circulating an extremely limited number of copies among top officials, though most books are forbidden in North Korea. Gifts marking the leader’s birthday are typically imbued with special political significance.
The book was apparently not distributed to endorse Nazism so much as to draw attention to Germany’s economic and military reconstruction after World War One. A North Korean who works on behalf of the country in China told New Focus that Kim gave a speech endorsing Germany’s inter-war revival and encouraging officials to read “Mein Kampf.”
Whew! Because nothing says “totally non-Nazi economic revival” quite like Hitler’s jail-time screed against the international Jew. We feel better already.