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Monday, March 08, 2004

(Korean history) More Korean war photographs at Ohmynews

I have earlier noted the series of publication of Korean War photographs in Ohmynews; here's the first entry (links to photo series 1-5 and some linked pics), and here's the second (6-8, with links to Ohmynews). New pics have been put out, so here come the links and some linked pics, too.

The latest one is quite horrifying, showing lines of corpses from the atrocities committed during the war. There is said to be no clear record of who had committed the mass killings, but the pics were taken by UN forces and accompanying press photographers.

1950. 9. 30. 진주. 한 소년이 씨레이션 상자를 조심스럽게 들여다 보고 있다 ⓒ2004 NARA

Korean War pictures (9); UN troops retaking Seoul in September 1950.

1950. 10. 1. 서울 시청 일대/Seoul City hall ⓒ2004 NARA

(10) Pictures not from Korean War but 1945-48; entry of US troops in September 1945, elections in 1948 etc.

Execution of Red Guard prisoners, 1918The kind of pictures shown in the link above and the thing that the attempts to legislate the examination of the facts behind the killings have been thus far not succeeded always bring to mind what happened in my country in 1918. (In many places in ROK, the Korean War was also a local civil war, which very much resembles the Finnish 1918.) Truth commission? It took 80 years before a government-promoted all-encompassing inquiry into the actual number of casualties. (Info on my grandmother's older brother, who fought in the White army.)

Categories at del.icio.us/hunjang: Korea-Finland