Political migration of Korean activists through Czechoslovakia in the Post-World War Ⅱ period
Political migration of Korean activists through Czechoslovakia in the Post-World War Ⅱ period / Vladimír Hlásny, Jung Byung Joon
p. 31-70 ; 23 cm
수록자료: Seoul journal of Korean studies. Institute of Korean Studies, Seoul National University. Vol.30 no.1(2017 June), p. 31-70 30:1<31 ISSN 1225-0201 저자: Vladimír Hlásny, associate professor in the Department of Economics, Ewha Womans University 저자: Jung Byung Joon, professor in the Department of History, Ewha Womans University
The existence of intra-Korean migration between World War Ⅱ and the Korean War is well known: North Korean landowners and Christians, South Korean communists, and millions of war refugees fled across the 38the parallel, resulting in over two million separated families on the Korean Peninsula. But there were several Koreans who had resided in the US for decades who found their way to Pyongyang via Prague between World War Ⅱ and height of the Cold War. Why did they leave for North Korea? Why through Czechoslovakia? What were their fates after they landed in North Korea? This is a story of eleven Korean activists, from three groups, who left their footprints in Czechoslovakia on their journey between the US and North Korea. Eight of them continued to Pyongyang, two returned to the US, and one remained inCzechoslovakia for good. Eight vanished after arriving in Pyongyang, two survived and led comfortable lives in the US, and one took his own life in desperation in Czechoslovakia. We explore the settings in which their stories unraveled, the destinies of the eleven migrants, and the links among them, corroborated by witness interviews and newly discovered materials from Korean, US, Czech, and Russian archives.