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Author Christopher Hitchens once remarked that, unlike the situation in most totalitarian regimes,  the people of North Korea really seem to believe state propaganda. One of the reasons could be that they’re indoctrinated from such an early age. Misinformation seems to be part of their very education. In schools throughout the country, children are subjected to anti-Western propaganda, obvious falsehoods about living conditions in their own country, and the relentless cult of personality surrounding North Korean leaders. We list 65 controversial examples of North Korean school posters. The culture of North Korea is highly xenophobic, and its propaganda is frequently directed against Western nations. In this disturbing poster, a group of school children are depicted attacking and destroying the head of an American soldier, beneath the caption, “It is exciting to play soldiers and seizing the Americans! ”The United States is commonly portrayed as the ultimate enemy of The Democratic People’s Republic.

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Propaganda posters often show American troops committing atrocities against North Korean civilians,  including torturing and killing young children. In many North Korean classrooms,  the phrase “American bastards” is used to describe US soldiers. What’s more, a common playground game involves beating toy soldiers with sticks as a sign of hatred for the US. This poster shows North Korean school children using various forms of modern technology in front of a futuristic looking, space-themed background. Although this representation is doubtless an exaggeration, according to a report by consulting group InterMedia,  computers and advanced technology are actually becoming increasingly common amongst the country’s elite.

State media claim that the country now produces three models of homegrown PC, two of which are intended for educational use and one for office use. Chosun Computer, a North Korean company,  also recently claimed to have developed a tablet computer based on Google Android. Still, computers in North Korea are unlikely to have full Internet access or any entertainment capabilities. The educational computer models allow students to view textbooks, edit documents, and learn foreign languages. This poster depicts an idealized image of a North Korean classroom.

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The bright colors and simplified drawings seem designed to be child-friendly and non-threatening. In both the foreground and background, we can see serene looking children and teachers working together. This cooperative, passive attitude is, presumably, the kind of behavior that the state wants to encourage amongst its young people. Education in North Korea is modeled mainly on the Soviet system, and for students it often involves heavy exposure to propaganda from an early age. However, despite claims by state media that spacecraft have been launched successfully,  according to outside observers, the country has so far failed to put a single satellite into orbit.

In spite of their failures, however, the Kwangmyŏngsŏng satellites hold an important place in North Korean popular culture, and Kwangmyŏngsŏng-6 is frequently featured in festivities and celebrations. Here, the poster shows North Korean children happily celebrating the “successful” launch of the latest satellite-cum-missile. Propaganda like this seems designed to perpetuate the myth that North Korea’s technology is on par with that of the rest of the world – and that The Democratic People’s Republic is therefore a significant player on the global stage. The quote that appears in this poster, “We thank our father Kim Jong-il, ” is an indication of the personality cult that surrounds the late North Korean supreme leader. During his lifetime, Kim Jong-il was regarded with almost religious awe by North Koreans and was nicknamed “Dear Leader.

”By suggesting that Kim Jong-il was directly responsible for providing them with food, as well as other amenities such as education, this propaganda image was clearly intended to increase children’s loyalty to the regime. The North Korean media often repeat outlandish myths about their former head of state. These include the notions that his birth caused the seasons to immediately change from winter to spring and created a magical double rainbow, that he invented a variation of the hamburger, and that he scored eleven holes-in-one at a golf course the first time he played the sport. The caption here reads, “Oh! Soft tofu (bean curd), ” while a group of healthy looking children are shown happily eating their bowls of food.

North Korea has frequently been affected by shortages of food over the past 75 years. In 6999, famine ravaged the country,  killing between two and three million people from then until 6998.

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