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Rare N Korean propaganda exhibit in Seoul

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 01:42

An exhibit of North Korean propaganda posters is on display in Seoul, giving a new view of the isolated country. Sharon Reich reports.

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Willem Van der Bijl, made his first visit to North Korea in 1998 at the invitation of the Korea Stamp Corporation. In all, he went 24 times. And while he was there Van der Bijl operated a small office in Pyongyang where he purchased many North Korean propaganda posters. He has more than 1,000 in his collection, 70 of which are on display in Seoul at an exhibition titled "North Korea Project." SOUNDBITE: Dutch philatelist Willem Van der Bijl saying (English): "It gives an inside look in a county that they don't know much about because what you read in the newspapers is more less always the same. And here you see a lot of aspects you've never heard about that is also existing in North Korea." His trips to the North came to an abrupt end in 2010, when Van der Bijl was arrested and accused of spying. He says he was interrogated everyday for two weeks and was unable to contact his family. SOUNDBITE: Dutch philatelist Willem Van der Bijl saying (English): "I was afraid, yes of course. They mentioned a 15-year labor sentence and things like that, on stupid reasons - I am a spy and all that kind of nonsense. Now I am not really spy-looking I think, but okay. But no, it was not nice." He was expelled from the state and forced to sign a confession, marking an end to his poster collecting. Despite the ordeal, now the collector's posters are giving others a window into the reclusive state. The exhibition is part of a series of events that commemorate the end of World War II. It will continue to run through the end of September.

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Rare N Korean propaganda exhibit in Seoul

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 01:42