February 02, 2023
Features

What North Koreans learn about Hitler and World War Two

Pyongyang's historians largely borrowed from Soviet accounts — with a few noteworthy differences

Foreign history is not exactly well taught in North Korea.

It seems, for example, that one cannot publish a book in North Korea specifically dedicated to either the history of a specific country (like “History of China” or “History of Portugal”) or on a specific event outside North Korea (like “October Revolution in Russia” or “Civil War in Spain”). Only general books like “World History” are permitted, as are articles dedicated to various historic events in encyclopedias.