In my post on Carter Eckert's book a few days ago, one of the absurd historical distortions I mentioned having observed coming from South Korea is that Koreans too were the victims of Japanese "genocide" [sic] in an analogous manner to the Jewish experience at the hands of Nazi Germany. Although I'd have liked to have provided a link when I wrote the original post, a good example of what I was getting at wasn't close to hand, but now, thanks to a link provided on this Marmot's Hole thread, readers of my blog can now see that I wasn't exaggerating: there really are mainstream Korean opinionators who are convinced of such outrageously delusional ideas.
How many Jews were killed by the Hitler government of Germany during the Second World War? According to the Jews the number was three or four million. So how many of us Koreans were massacred and killed by the Japanese during the 36 years of Japanese colonialism? Is it three million? Or four million? Or is it six million? Unfortunately that estimate has not been made public or official. My estimate is between three and four million. With the writing of Arirang, I am going to make that figure concrete.Pity the poor Koreans, who have suffered ten times as much as the Jews! One has to be living in an alternate reality to believe this rubbish, and yet here is one of Korea's foremost writers espousing it for a national audience. Here we see a solid example of why I say that there is something seriously sick about the nationalism which has Korea in its grip: you have to be seriously far off the deep end to envy the murder of 6 million people - an envy which is quite manifest in the last chapter I've quoted here - but when you compound your envy of their tragedy by spinning a holocaust of your own out of thin air, and engaging in numerology to rationalize your nation's own hardships as having been "ten times worse", you betray the underlying pathology driving the rest of your statements: that Koreans represent some sort of apogee of human existence, they think more than anyone else, feel more than anyone else, and therefore when they suffer, they necessarily must suffer more than anyone else, and if the facts don't support this "obvious" conclusion then it's alright to go ahead and invent whatever new "facts" you may require to do so in support of your "higher truth." If it means claiming 3-4 million Koreans murdered when in fact Korea underwent a population boom, no big deal; if it means insisting on trivializing the term "genocide" by describing forced assimilation as "cultural genocide", hey, why not?
The Jews were killed on for three years, but Koreans were killed during a period of more than ten times of that, 36 years. Which people suffered more?
Even though we suffered horrors ten times more than the Jews, how is it possible that we still don't know many of us Koreans died?
And how do we feel the tragedy of another people, Jews, as if it was our own and detest the German army while wanting to avoid talking about own tragedy, forgetting and avoiding it? Was it because the times were different? Or was it different?
When naked Jewish girls were dying in gas chambers, the girls of our people were getting gang raped in Southeast Asian jungles as troop following corps in a similar manner. So how have we become such ignorant masses?
Jews have maximized their suffering and while securing their self-esteem, and have used it as a power to develop their future. In reverse to them, we have been guilty of living in shame. But to know the history correctly, nothing is too quick or too late. Because nation is immortal.
By the way, I must say that while I've been called a few things in my time, this inane comment has to mark the first time I, of all people, have ever been called a "klansman" - but what else can one expect from a resident troll so representative of the typical ultranationalist Korean VANK-style netizen that one would think him a satirical sock-puppet if one didn't know better? That's the thing about these guys - the VANKers, the Wikipedia edit warriors, the Marmot house troll, the "Korean holocaust" novelist, the "Wall of Jews" comic writer, etc. - despite their supposed indignation at not having their claims universally recognized, they don't even know enough to tone down the narcissistic rage a bit to retain the slightest credibility in others' eyes, or perhaps they're all just so emotionally incontinent that they simply don't care that they come off as utterly insane.