[KS] DPRKorea as seen from the socialist bloc in the 1950.

Frank Hoffmann hoffmann at koreaweb.ws
Wed Apr 8 12:41:18 EDT 2009

Hello Jakub:

Thanks for your posting. "Social influence" of the DPRK in Poland? I 
can hardly imagine that. In the 70s and 80s (not sure about the late 
50s and 60s) North Korea was indeed very eager to produce plenty of 
booklets and pamphlets talking about the "friendship committees" and 
"Juche Study groups" in all East European countries and even in 
Austria, Great Britain, or West Germany. In reality these groups had 
one to five members. This is not what you want to call "influence" -- 
is it? Maybe you might think about changing the theme of the thesis a 
little? Sure was there some sort of "reaction," but "influence"? 
Please let us hear more about this.
Also, have you talked to some of the middle-aged and older generation 
of the Korean studies scholars back in Poland? Halina Ogarek-Czoj, 
Romauld Huszcza, ... people from academia know those pressures best.

Powodzenia i najlepsze zyczenia,

Frank Hoffmann

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