Premium Essay

Escape from Camp 14

In: English and Literature

Submitted By ayt718
Words 1899
Pages 8
Trauma of Shin Dong-hyuk Do you know about North Korean’s political prison camps? Many people might do not know what there are. They have existed twice as long as Stalin’s Soviet gulags and twelve times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. No one born and raised in these camps is known to have escaped. But Shin Dong-hyuk did. He was destined to a life of hard labor and an early death. Thinking of love and family were no meaning. He just saw his mother as a competitor for food. He is taught to trust no one, to snitch on everyone and to be loyal only to the guards. When he was 23, Shin managed to evade the guards and crawl through an electrified fence over the dead body of his friend to escape. He found his way to China, then to South Korea and eventually to the U.S. He is the only prisoner born and raised in one of North Korea's prison camps who is known to have escaped. Reporter Blaine Harden has written an account of Shin's journey called Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West. Not surprisingly, Shin's PTSD and learned way of life make it very difficult for him to open up and share the brutal details of his life. Not just because he had bad things done to him, but because he believes he did some very bad things himself. Although Shin has physical freedom, he cannot achieve psychological freedom evidenced by his distrust of others, others’ distrust of him, his lacks of loving role models, his shame of surviving Camp 14, and his self hatred from having “contaminated identity”. The first thing to remember, Shin struggled to trust others, to reach out to others. Blaine Harden, a writer of Escape from Camp 14, said, “He struggled to trust me. As he readily admits, he struggles to trust anyone. It is inescapable part of how he was raised. Guards taught him to sell out his parents and friends, and he assumed...

Similar Documents

Free Essay


...Charles Bournes History 1200 12/9/14 While watching the videos, I gained knowledge on both how the Jews were treated and how many people were stored at Auschwitz. Elie Wiesel was one out of millions of Jews that were taken to Auschwitz. Him along with his family, were transported to the camp with no type of say or freedom. Wiesel referred to it as a slave labor camp. On the gate of Auschwitz was a sign in German which read, 'Arbeit macht frei', which means work makes you free. The camp was divided into three areas: Auschwitz was the camp commander's headquarters and administrative offices. It is miles away from the main part. At these camps, slave labor was used to kill the people. The working conditions were so poor that death was a sure result. Auschwitz began taking women prisoners in the earlier part of 1942, but later that same years, the women were housed in Birkenau. When the Jews arrived at Auschwitz, they were met with threats and death promises. If they didn't do exactly as they were told, they would be beaten to death, starved, or shot. At times the slaves were told that things would get better. It surprised me on how these people were treated. They literally had no freedom. I learned that up to 8,000 people were being transported to the camps every day. The Nazi’s main goal was to completely wipe out there race. If you weren’t good enough to do labor you were killed in a vicious way. Women along with their children were sometimes put into gas chambers that...

Words: 717 - Pages: 3

Free Essay

Applied to Negotiation 36 Chinese Strategies

...right; attack to the left. 7 Create Something Out of Nothing. Turn something that is not substantial into reality. 8 Secretly Utilize the Chen Cang Passage (CNC). Pretend to Advance Down One Path While Taking Another Hidden Path (LB). Pretend to care about an issue and later give it up to get what you really want. 9 Watch the Fire Burning from Across the River. Allow them to fight your other enemy while you rest and observe. Later, defeat the exhausted survivor. 10 Conceal a Dagger in a Smile. Befriend them to get their guard down, then attack their weakest point. 11 Sacrifice a Plum Tree to Save a Peach Tree (RM). Let the Plum Tree Wither in Place of the Peach Tree (TF). Trade up! Take a small loss for a large gain. 12 Take Away a Goat in Passing. Take advantage of every small opportunity. 13 Beat the Grass to Startle the Snake. Stir things up before beginning to negotiate for your true interests. 14 Raise a Corpse from the Dead (LB). Borrow a Corpse to Return the Soul (TF). Revive a dead proposal by presenting it again or in a new way. 15 Lure the Tiger out of the Mountain. Seek a neutral location. Negotiate after leading them away from a position of strength. 16 Let the Adversary off in order to Snare Him. To Capture the Enemy, First Let It Go (RM). Do not arouse their spirit to fight...

Words: 868 - Pages: 4

Premium Essay

Dr. Jeklly and Mr. Hyde

...second selves come about. The answer is quite simple in that everyone is born with many different “layers” to their personality, many of which either never show up or appear later in life. For that reason, the way in which one thinks or functions is not always discernable. This entire concept plays a large role in why each and every person on this Earth is so incredibly distinct in his or her own way. Having a dual personality is one side of the issue; the other is how one utilizes it. Life can become quite dull at times and this can often trigger one to consider a personality change. Hence, in order to escape reality, the majority of people tend to employ diverse personalities. By doing so, one can add some much needed excitement to his or her otherwise uninteresting life and still have the option to revert back. For example, in the movie Daddy Day Care, a boy at a day camp named Tony decides one day that he is tired of...

Words: 902 - Pages: 4

Premium Essay

Indian Camp

...Indian Camp Ernest Hemingway is an important author in American literature. His short stories are generally regarded as some of the best ones ever written. The symbolism in his texts is often well hidden but certainly present. It’s regularly internally connected with the characters of his stories together with their behavior, and interpreted best with an autobiographical view. To understand and analyze the short story “Indian Camp” it’s important to understand some background knowledge of Hemingway’s. Ernest Hemingway was a groundbreaking author who had his great period in the Roaring Twenties. The roaring twenties was a period prior to the Wall Street-crash in 1929, where the economy boomed, and many thought that wealth would go on forever. This was mostly because of Herbert Hoover's success in convincing major industrial leaders to voluntarily increase wages and production in order to pull the entire economy out of its slump, from recovering from World War 1. By 1922, the economy was growing robustly, a pattern it would follow more or less continuously until the Great Crash of 1929. People became emancipated, and talk about previous taboo-subjects became acceptable. But writers and other intellectuals from small towns began criticizing the small town provincialism and the nostalgic feeling of wanting to stick to familiar norms that ruled in these areas. Many of these dissatisfied artists and others emigrated from the states to Europe, including Hemingway, from......

Words: 1239 - Pages: 5

Premium Essay


...were all derived of all our rights and privileges. i had read hitler's book mein kampf explaining his new goals for the german empire(third reich) and how he wanted a pure race but at the time i did not think much about those words. i did not realize what he meant until the liquidation of the ghettos occurred and we were sent to labor camps or death camps. some of us were killed while the liquidation was in progress depending who you were, such as a journalist or politician because of intelligence. My family had been split up to different camps, my mother was sent to auschwitz,while my father was sent to Dachau and i was sent to Bergen-Belsen in 1943. I knew my mother would not be seen again because auschwitz was a death camp and my father was at a labor camp but chances of survival were very slim , I began to assume i would never see my family again which now meant i was all alone. I was sent to a holding camp where not only jews were imprisoned, there were also prisoners of war such as soviets about 50,000 of them. While the guards were calling our names, i spotted a girl i soon became very close friends with. Her name was anne frank who was 14 years old , she was with her sister margot who was 3 years older than her. We were separated into two different sections of...

Words: 1527 - Pages: 7

Free Essay

We Live in a Democracy; What Is Non-Democracy Like?

...communist state. What are laws like in North Korea? What is the purpose of the laws and what is the effect? Do they compare to our laws? This writing would not be complete without some preface information regarding how the North Korean government works. At the head of every part of the Government is the “Great Leader” (Yop, H.J., N.D.); which would be the Supreme Leader (at this time it is Kim Jong-un). Essentially all things in North Korea revolve around the desires of Kim Jong-un. While there are different committees and bureaus; there power is limited to what commands are given to them from the top. Party secretaries, whom are appointed by higher secretaries, hold all of the power within the committees and bureaus; even the highest positions in the bureaus and committees ultimately answer to the party secretaries (Yop, H.J., N.D.). The party secretaries get their orders from the top after they are handed down through other secretaries. While researching North Korean law one particular law kept...

Words: 1006 - Pages: 5

Premium Essay

North Korea Economy

...North Korea (officially named the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, or DPRK) is a single-party Communist state in south-east Asia, ruled since 1949 by the Korean Workers' Party (KWP). Regarded by many in the international community as a pariah state (meaning that it is an outcast), North Korea has in recent years become increasingly poverty-stricken, with many of its citizens having barely enough food to survive. The KWP is kept in power largely thanks to a combination of international concern for North Korean citizens and the patronage of the Chinese government, which exports large quantities of food to North Korea in return for KWP assistance in certain areas. Until the 1990's, North Korea also received significant quantities of aid from Russia, but the fall of communism in that country led to this aid being almost entirely stopped, the catalyst for many of the recent problems in North Korea. It is widely speculated that North Korea's entire economy would collapse virtually instantly if China withdrew its current level of support. In almost every measure of prosperity, North Korea lags far behind most other countries. Barbara Demick points out in her book Nothing to envy: real lives in North Korea that "if you look at satellite photographs of the Far East by night, you'll see a large splotch curiously lacking in light. This area of darkness is the Democratic People's Republic of Korea" (Demick, 2010, page 3). The country has a strong centrally-controlled economy that......

Words: 1490 - Pages: 6

Premium Essay


...Steps on How to Make Wine 1. Carefully sterilize your containers and utensils. Sanitizing everything will help keep unwanted bacteria from setting up camp as your wine ferments. The easy way to sanitize everything at once is to use your dishwasher at the high heat setting, with appropriate detergent. Some dishwashers are designed especially to sanitize your dishes at 183 degrees F; this will clean the equipment and make the task really easy. After the machine finishes the dry cycle, you will be ready to start making the wine. If you do not have an automatic dishwasher, wash with detergent, then bleach the funnel, glass jug, and anything else you may use. Air dry. If you’re using a plastic water jug you just bought at the store, you won’t need to sanitize it. Keep your jug covered or closed between uses to limit the amount of time that the container is exposed to possible contamination. 2. Boil the water. Using your thermometer, bring it to 144 degrees F and keep it there for 22 minutes. 3. Add the room-temperature juice concentrate to the clean, dry jug. Use the funnel if needed. 4. While the water is hot, dissolve the sugar into it. Stir while pouring. 5. Activate the yeast. If available, follow the directions on the packet; otherwise, activate the yeast by dissolving 1 teaspoon of sugar to 1/4 cup of lukewarm in a separate bowl, adding the yeast, and letting it sit for 10 minutes (or until it becomes very frothy). 6. Let the boiled water cool......

Words: 740 - Pages: 3

Premium Essay

Population Worksheet

...Fuera position, he was determined to create a dominate race, which included people with | |religious population that was motivated to|blonde hair and blue eyes. This supreme race he was going after would not accept jews of any | |migrate due to conflict. |color, shape, or size. To accomplish his goals, he would have to use force and the very strong | | |and loyal army known as the Nazi’s. There were a lot of Jews that occupied Germany at the time | | |and Adolf Hitler saw them as scum of the earth and ordered all Jewish people to be either | | |executed or sent to live in concentration camps were they would more than likely die anyways. | | |The Nazi soldiers would gather up the Jews in the different towns in...

Words: 1277 - Pages: 6

Premium Essay

Careless Us Policies

...Careless U.S Policies Feed Mexican Drug War The United States (U.S.) has created many careless policies that motivate the Mexican Drug War. Many Americans wonder why we should care about the violent problems that plaque our neighbors to the south. Considering that almost nineteen million Americans buy illegal drugs, United States Citizens are responsible for the booming illegal drug industry for Mexican cartels. Experts estimate that $832 million is spent by New Yorkers alone. With millions in profit margins, it’s easy to see that Americans are not only driving the drug trafficking, but contributing to Mexico’s violence. Mexico’s drug war was initiated in 2006 by then Mexican President Felipe Calderon, when he sent 6,500 Mexican Army soldiers to the state of Michoacán to terminate drug violence. Since then, the number of soldiers patrolling Mexico has increased to approximately 50, 000 troops. In 2008 the Merida Initiative began. The Initiative is a partnership between the United States of America and Mexico. It was created to help Mexico combat organized crime, decrease the violence associated with the criminal organizations and support human rights. U.S. Congress claims it has appropriated $2.5 million to Mexico since the start. The programs within the Initiative include but are not limited to: reform of justice personnel, anti-corruption programs and procedures, scanners and x-ray machines that allow non-invasive inspections at checkpoints and borders, almost...

Words: 1028 - Pages: 5

Free Essay

And of Clay Are We Created

...of clay, water and stones, burying people under vast/ unfathomable meters of telluric vomit 2. After awakening from the paralysis of the first terror, surroundings had disappeared 3. Arrival of soldiers and volunteers 4. Realisation that more than 20000 human beings and indefinite number of animals were trapped beneath the mud 5. Everything, forests and rivers, had converted into an immense desert of mire(an area of wet, soggy, muddy ground) 6. Drinking water, gasoline, food was scarce 7. Mud rose above the tree tops, people taking refuge on church towers, waiting for help 8. Fear of outbreak of epidemics, due to decomposition of bodies present underneath the rubble/ mud 9. Amputation of legs by doctors without any anaesthesia, plead for pain killers fell on deaf ears Rolf 1. Awesome tenacity, calm and patient 2. First one to reach the scene 3. Instead of quarrelling like the rest of the reporters regarding the usage of the appropriate mode of transportation, he used the television helicopter 4. Amazement at his equanimity in the face of danger and suffering 5. Looked as if nothing could shake his fortitude or distract him 6. Fear never seemed to touch him 7. Lens of the camera= support provided, as he himself had confessed that he wasn’t a courageous man. Thus this shows man’s dependency on inanimate objects to escape the reality 8. Lens/camera transported him to a place which allowed him to see...

Words: 1594 - Pages: 7

Free Essay

The Lasling

...Character Sketch of Paris | The Lastling Paris is a 14 year old American girl who came to India with her Uncle Franklin. Her father has divorced her mother and had married to another woman. Paris liked to spend most of her time with uncle Franklin. She is a confident girl, and is sure in whatever she speaks that is one of the reasons why she used to talk to elders straight in the eye because she knew she was not wrong. Tahr thought that Paris was kind because she had persuaded Shikarri and Franklin for letting Tahr live with them on her responsibility. She was the daughter of a millionaire. She was as tall as most men and even taller than the porters. She didn't want to be a girl. The way she spoke, the way she dressed, the way her she used her body language was all so boyish. She and her uncle were used to things going in their own way. She and her uncle were unlike any of the normal people. She didn't took interest in most of the things other people loved to do. She easily got bored and hardly missed someone but she did miss Tahr when he and Geng-Sun left the camp that means there must have been something special in Tahr that a girl like Paris missed him. She was got bored of a school in a week or two. she wanted to be a movie director not like other girls who wanted to be actors, she wanted to control people like her uncle did in his own eerie authoritative way. Cynical · She didn’t trust anyone, also thought that all of the humans were just like her...

Words: 540 - Pages: 3

Premium Essay

Secret State of North Korea

...shops overflowing with good. On street corners, speeches made by Kim Jong Un are pumped through speakers where he promises his people a bright economic future. There is no escape to the ever-present propaganda and ANG JIN-SUNG, a former propagandist says its for a certain reason. “As well a physical dictatorship, they oppress people with an emotional dictatorship. In North Korea, they promote the leader to be the sun. If you go too close, you burn. If you go too far, you freeze to death. You think of him as incredibly god-like.” Although it is perceived as a land of plenty this is far from the truth and throughout the film there are many examples of what Koreans face everyday. Jiro’s undercover network has filmed orphaned street kids who gather in markets. They beg for money and are constantly on the lookout for scraps of food. When interviewed an eight year old said that “My mom tried to look after me, but she said it was too hard, so I left, and now I live outside.” Lee one of the people in the documentary was filmed he exampled the lifestyle of living on the street as a child. “I was very hungry. I was almost always hungry when I was young. There were times when I ate a meal a day. But when I starved, I didn’t eat for two days. Because I was hungry, I stole and picked pockets. I lived like that until I was 14 years old....

Words: 597 - Pages: 3

Free Essay

Ar 190

...Army Regulation 190–8 OPNAVINST 3461.6 AFJI 31-304 MCO 3461.1 Military Police Enemy Prisoners of War, Retained Personnel, Civilian Internees and Other Detainees Headquarters Departments of the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, and the Marine Corps Washington, DC 1 October 1997 UNCLASSIFIED SUMMARY of CHANGE AR 190–8/OPNAVINST 3461.6/AFJI 31–304/MCO 3461.1 Enemy Prisoners of War, Retained Personnel, Civilian Internees and Other Detainees This revision-o o o Establishes a multi-service regulation for all services (para 1-4a). Ensures compliance with DOD Directive 2310.1 dated August 1994 (para 1-4g). Establishes HQDA, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations as the primary Army Staff responsibility for the Enemy Prisoner of War, Civilian Internee and Retained Persons Program (para 1-4c). Establishes a DD FORM 2745, Enemy Prisoner of War(EPW) Capture Tag (para 21b). Highlights Combatant Commanders, Task Force Commanders and Joint Task Force Commanders responsibilities (para 1-4g). Establishes procedures for conducting tribunals (para 1-6). Establishes Public Affairs policy (para 1-9). Establishes policy for EPW held aboard ship (para 2-1b). Updates OCONUS evacuation policy (para 2-3). Establishes the use of Health and Comfort Packs as a temporary substitution for Advance of Pay for short term operations (para 3-4h). Updates procedures for contracting EPW (para 4-22). Combines AR 190-8 and AR 190-57 (para 6-1). o o o o o o o o o Headquarters Departments......

Words: 40335 - Pages: 162

Premium Essay

Nazi Death Camps Paper

...Nazi Death Camps Nazi Death Camps Arbeit Macht Frei Arbeit Macht Frei 2012 Joseph Frimpong Western Civilization 2 11/2/2012 2012 Joseph Frimpong Western Civilization 2 11/2/2012 Arbeit macht frei; when translated into English means labor makes you free. This was the first thing many Jews in the 1940’s saw as the banner above the gates of the place they’d likely die read. (Wachsmann) German soldiers fed Jews false hope, thinking that the harder they worked the closer freedom would be when in reality freedom could only come with death. The world changed forever when an estimated 20,946,000 people died due to the world war ignited by Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich. The Third Reich was the name for Nazi Germany under Hitler’s National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP) when it was a totalitarian state. Totalitarianism is a political system where the state holds total authority over the society and seeks to control all aspects of public and private life wherever necessary. (Dictionary) Soldiers were killed in battle, Civilians in cross fire, and by starvation but nothing compares to the systematic execution and elimination demonstrated by the Third Reich sponsored death camps. Before the organized concentration camps that are well known throughout the world to have killed a countless number of people there were camps built in the early 1930’s when the Nazi’s first came into power. Earlier camps were temporary and were set up to confine, interrogate, torture, and......

Words: 2592 - Pages: 11