North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was an un-academic child who struggled to learn German and vented his frustrations by kicking and spitting at classmates, according to a new book about the secretive dictator and his family.
His lack of intellectual prowess may have informed his future leadership style, the book claims, because Kim realized he was, by Western standards, unremarkable.
These new revelations about Kim’s childhood are detailed in “The Great Successor: The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant Comrade Kim Jong Un,” written by Washington Post Beijing bureau chief Anna Fifield.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was an entirely unremarkable child who was embarrassed by having to answer questions in class, and had a great love of basketball, according to a new book about the secretive dictator and his family.
Kim’s academic shortcomings were so severe that they may have informed his future style of ruthless leadership, according to an excerpt from Anna Fifield’s “The Great Successor:The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant Comrade Kim Jong Un,” which Politico published on Wednesday. The book from the Beijing bureau chief for The Washington Post is on sale now.
The excerpt details Kim’s formative years at international schools in Bern, the capital of Switzerland, where he attended an international school with his brother Kim Jong Chol, and lived with his aunt.
It paints a picture of Kim as a forthright but not particularly academic child, who struggled to learn German and found it difficult to express himself in lessons.
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Such were Kim’s frustrations when he first moved to Europe, he attacked his fellow classmates. “He kicked us in the shins and even spat at us,” one former classmate said, according to the excerpt.
João Micaelo, a Portuguese student who sat next to Kim at school when he first moved to Switzerland in the mid-1990s, told Fifield that he and the future dictator were in the same class, and bonded because neither was “particularly academic.”
“In sixth grade, classes were split into two streams, and both Un and João were sent to the group of academically weaker students,” the excerpt said.
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