- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Kim Jong-un handed out copies of Adolph Hitler’s jailhouse memoir “Mein Kampf” at his Jan. 8 birthday party, New Focus International first reported Monday.

DPRK officials “ranked departmental director and above” in the National Defence Committee were presented with the autobiography in the form of a “hundred-copy book” — a limited edition of banned books that have been published in secret for the North Korean elite, the report said.

“Mentioning that Hitler managed to rebuild Germany in a short time following its defeat in World War I, Kim Jong-un issued an order for the Third Reich to be studied in depth and asked that practical applications be drawn from it,” a DPRK official who serves in China told the news site.


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Kim Jong-un gave a lecture to high-ranking officials, stressing that we must pursue the policy of Byungjin in terms of nuclear and economic development,” the source said. The phrase “Byungjin” refers to Kim’s policy of improving the country’s nuclear program while strengthening the economy.

Kim also stressed Hitler’s stance on childhood-related policies and issued an order for propaganda departments to encourage a “Three Child” policy, the source said.

A second source, a DPRK business representative, told New Focus that rumors have been spreading among the Pyongyang elite that Kim Jong-un made a close study of Hitler while at school in Switzerland.