By Eunsun Kim
Eunsun Kim used to be born in North Korea, some of the most secretive and oppressive international locations within the glossy international. As a toddler Eunsun enjoyed her country...despite her university box journeys to public executions, day-by-day self-criticism periods, and the expanding gnaw of starvation because the country-wide famine escalated.
By the time she used to be 11 years previous, Eunsun's father and grandparents had died of hunger, and Eunsun used to be at risk of an analogous. ultimately, her mom determined to flee North Korea with Eunsun and her sister, no longer understanding that they have been embarking on a trip that will take them 9 lengthy years to accomplish. sooner than eventually achieving South Korea and freedom, Eunsun and her kin may reside homeless, fall into the palms of chinese language human traffickers, live to tell the tale a North Korean hard work camp, and go the deserts of Mongolia on foot.
Now, Eunsun is sharing her impressive tale to provide voice to the millions of North Koreans nonetheless anguish in silence. instructed with grace and braveness, her memoir is a riveting exposé of North Korea's totalitarian regime and, finally, a testomony to the power and resilience of the human spirit.
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Additional resources for A Thousand Miles to Freedom: My Escape from North Korea
In those years, I had not yet achieved the membership of many learned societies, which would cause my life history to be displayed in their membership lists, or through that in the many types of Who’s Who. So at that time, he would have had no way of looking me up in any available literature, and his judgment must have been really genuine. His analysis was “the first language you learned was in Vienna and so I assume you were born there. Then there is an episode of North German which could have been Berlin.
I thought this was the right thing to do in view of my intense hatred of the Nazis. My parents were upset because they suspected (correctly as it unfortunately turned out) that the life expectancy of fighter pilots was not good. I went through the medical and fitness examinations and various other tests and was declared suitable for acceptance. But then, the security services came out with the ruling that persons who had previously been Austrian citizens could not be accepted into the Royal Air Force.
Very fortunately, none 16 2 Wartime Student Days of the more serious diseases that are often promoted by such circumstances were present. We were allowed out on deck only for short periods and then in shifts. The companion way to the deck had three single file fortifications spiked with barbed wire, evidently to defend against a mutiny at sea, a takeover of the ship by the internees. Of course, we all realized that it would also make any exit to the lifeboats extremely slow, if not impossible, and this was a consideration on everyone’s mind.
A Thousand Miles to Freedom: My Escape from North Korea by Eunsun Kim