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North Korean Orphans in Poland [Kult America]

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In 1950's the war between North Korea and South Korea displaced 100,000 orphans. The North Korean government decided to send some of them to Eastern Europe. On today's episode of Kult America we are visiting some of those orphanages where they lived. ★★★ CONTACT ★★★ Email: [email protected] Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RyanSocash
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B P (15 days ago)
2:06 Uderzające podobieństwo jak mniemam kim Ir Senem a jego wnukiem Kim Dzonk Unem.
John Rokam (15 days ago)
it wasnt polish gov back then! polish gov was on exile in the west! in OCCUPIED poland there were stalin's agents, just polish speaking.
Elros555 (15 days ago)
świetny materiał jak zawsze
Eryk Siegień (15 days ago)
Jaki wspaniały temat na film.
vJuliav xo (1 month ago)
Płaczę.. ;(
zeed (1 month ago)
Przyjaźń może być między Polakami a Koreańczykami ale nie między Polską a Koreą płn to profanacja i promowanie komunizmu
alicia garstka (2 months ago)
….niewiedzialam...
Lonez 1 (5 months ago)
i live 1 min away from that 2 orphanage its a junior military camp now
Ally Playz (5 months ago)
What happened to the kids after? Did they go back to *horrible* North Korea or did they stay in Poland/went to a different country?
amc3 (5 months ago)
Phenomenal film, the last part being incredibly sad. I guess once back home, the children became adults and priorities changed, their years in Poland forgotten. Strange to think that even today hundreds of North Koreans still work in Poland, mostly in ship building on the Polish/German border. Their work highly clandestine, just like the orphans 60 years before.
Nathan Schulte (6 months ago)
Great Documentary and reporting.
TheKingThatNeverWas (7 months ago)
That opening shot of children crying over their dead mother (i assume) will stay with me for a long, long time...
chaveraoh (7 months ago)
I must say your films are sometimes like poems. Thank you...
Otaku Girl (7 months ago)
So sad
Janusz Matlok (8 months ago)
Dzięki za to video! Niesamowite. Będąc Polakiem nie wiedziałem nic o tej historii. Pozdrawiam.
Maciej Szymanski (8 months ago)
Touchy and heartbreaking. And the fact that the grave of 13 years old Korean girl is stil well maintained tells very much about Poland.
Joanna Długołęcka (8 months ago)
Wołoszański's style
Hello! Your video is just great! It is a shame that all these kids had to go back to North Korea. They would have had far much better conditions in Poland
Natalia Jack (11 months ago)
Fajnie ,ze o tym mowisz, kiedys ogladalam bardzo ciekawy reportaz o dzieciach z Korei o roznicach kultorowych o innym traktowaniu dziewczynek przez chlopcow, o powrocie dzieci do Korei i listach (specyficznych), o odwiedzinach jednego z wychowankow. Generalnie jest to/byl narod bardzo powsciagliwy emocjonalnie, jedynego ciepla jakiego zaznaly byla wlasnie Polska. W wiekszosci o tym wspomiales. Piekne
Typowy Baran (11 months ago)
i hate North Korea ._.
Céline (11 months ago)
Thanks for the knowledge your sharing. I'm French of Polish descent, my grandmother was a displaced person (non-jewish victim of forced labour in Germany), I travel as often as possible to Poland, but I really thank you to help me discover and understand my roots. Przepraszam, uczę się języka polskiego, ale nie mowię/piszę bardzo dobrze :-)
Senator (11 months ago)
Wszystkie zostały nagle zabrane po 1957 przez Dziadka Kima. Później zabroniono im kontaktu korespondencyjnego z Polską Ludową. O tą Kim lekarz walczył z wielkim poświęceniem, jak słyszałem w audycji radiowej. https://www.polskieradio.pl/8/2384/Artykul/992139/
Trekker (11 months ago)
To może teraz zrobisz jakiś odcinek o emigracji greków do polski. Wydaje się to być całkiem ciekawy temat.
Tomasz Gałkowski (1 year ago)
This is one of the many reasons why Poland is one of the few nations in the world (especially inside NATO) who have active embassies with North Korea.
Ozi (1 year ago)
This is the best video on this channel.
Kult America (1 year ago)
It's a favourite video of our producer Iryna :D
Henryck USA (1 year ago)
World needs sensitive and clever people like you Ryan.
Wojciech Kutzner (1 year ago)
Bo polski rząd był przydupasem Rosji i myśleli że Polacy są potworami, a nie wiedzieli że Polacy to po prostu Słowianie a nie jak oni byli bandytami którzy mordowali naszych Rodziców stalinowscy konfidenci mało kto z obcokrajowców którzy nie wychowali się w Polsce nie zrozumie Polaków mieszkających w Lechi.
lukasgld (1 year ago)
Gdzieś nie tak dawno na TVP widziałem dokument o tym. Mógłbyś go odszukać. Były rozmowy z dorosłymi ludźmi już z Korei którzy byli wtedy w Polsce. Mimo upływu lat nie zapomnieli nowy Polskiej.
lukasgld (1 year ago)
That's true.
snrcbpco (1 year ago)
My dad remembers seeing young Koreans when he was growing up in Otwock
Przemysław PB (1 year ago)
Popłakałam się. Choć historia mi znana.
To niesamowite, że ktoś z "zewnątrz" uczy nas nowych faktów naszej historii.
Stacieod Stacieod (1 year ago)
It is important to remember the war between North Korea and South Korea is North Korea started the war!
ᄅᄐᄇ ᅮᄇ (1 month ago)
Whatever, children's do not fight in wars
HannaARTzink (1 year ago)
Wow, it's so revealing.You make great documentaries, thanks.
blekfut (1 year ago)
Why do you think that "most of them are dead now"? They were born in 40's, so now they can be 70+ old.
Anna Ćwikowska (1 year ago)
I m Polish as well, and have never heard of North Korean refugees in Otwock. You do a great job! Wish your channel will grow and more people will gain knowledge out of it!
Denis klapousko (1 year ago)
блін яому я невчив англійську
Jon Carter (1 year ago)
ничесе
Grzegorz Witkowski (1 year ago)
i am so happy that i found your channel it is so cool
abstrakt2003 (1 year ago)
Bardzo dziękuję za ten film. Mieszkam niedaleko dawnego domu dziecka w Otwocku w którym przebywały dzieci z Korei. Po wyjeździe dzieci koreańskich w domy przy ul. Komunardów funkcjonował polski dom dziecka. Gdzieś tak do roku 2010. W tej chwil w budynku tym znajduje się starostwo powiatowe. Koreańscy dyplomaci regularnie odwiedzali dom dziecka do roku 1990. Gdy mieli przybyć w domu dziecka wywieszano polskie i koreańskie flagi. PS Odwalasz gości kawał dobrej roboty. Masz suba
Grzesqqq (1 year ago)
Public TV is waiting for you with this documentary i suppose.
Adrian o (1 year ago)
świetny film.
neejohnenjegek Kiv (1 year ago)
its sad for the grandchildren of these orphans that the orphans moved back to Korea. I'm sure they'd love to be in Poland right now...
wotan20 (1 year ago)
Poignant ending to the story, which is unknown to most of us. For example, you mentioned Hungary and Romania as the other two countries, who also taken-in contingents of North Korean kids, and I never heard of them, even though I grown-up in Hungary during the sixties and the seventies. It was common knowledge however, that we took-in large number of Greek refugees, (due to the Greek civil war and its unhappy ending for the Greek Leftists). A good portion of these people remained in their new country. I had a high school classmate for example in the mid-seventies, who was an offspring of a Greek refugee couple still living in Hungary.
Ben Band (1 year ago)
Best video yet! Great content, video work, commentary, music, and footage.
Miciucie K (1 year ago)
Świetny materiał. Najlepsze jest to, że gdyby Nie Ty, to do dzisiaj bym nie wiedział o takiej historii :)
Flowlys (1 year ago)
You make art. Thank you.
Adrian Bigboss (1 year ago)
Hey Kult America I have a question. What is the name of the song that you used in your Polish village in Asia video? I really like it and would love to listen to it.
Music Destroyer (1 year ago)
Can you speak in Polish?
Czeekaj (23 days ago)
Vice even missed covering this, yes more people should see this. Especially if you had seen what vice posted.
ᄅᄐᄇ ᅮᄇ (1 month ago)
Tak jest lepiej, więcej osób może zobaczyć film
Typowy Seba (1 year ago)
Od 3:40. Dobrze mówi po polsku.
Music Destroyer (1 year ago)
where ? i hear only Otwock xD
Kult America (1 year ago)
+Music Destroyer yes, but with a nasty accent and with grammar mistakes. You can actually hear me speaking Polish in this video.
Hallelu YAH (1 year ago)
From what I seen your previous way back in the day videos Ryan  , you surely grew up  in presenting them much much MUCH more seriously professionally , best to ya bracie(brother in polish).  Your fellow Pole and naturalized American in US.  :)
Kult America (1 year ago)
+TRUTH FED thank you, please consider that my work with wp.pl was a job so it didn't fully reflect me as an individual:)
The Master Tomasz (1 year ago)
Świetny materiał oby więcej takich pozdrawiam.
pbutter237 (1 year ago)
This shows that the communist government in Poland had more empathy to refugees than the current far right, democratically-elected government.
Czeekaj (23 days ago)
Sometimes there are good secrets. Just think of Socrates thoughts on democracy.
Andrzej Pienczykowski (3 months ago)
Why wouldn't they have empathy? Empathy is a human feeling regardless of political view. I would not be so harsh judging current Polish position on islamic refugees. The cultural gap is much larger. It is sad that people call them terrorists because most of them are not, but culture is is so different that catholic Poland is not prepared to handle it in volume. It would be still nice to accept limited number of refugees.
M. Ostrowski (11 months ago)
pbutter237 Shut the fuck up. Our government takes in many refugees, from Ukraine. Actual refugees, not terrorists. North Korean refugees are also actual refugees and not terrorists. The communists have no empathy, the reason they were brought in is because communists like to protect their own. It wasn't an empathetic government caring, it was strategic placement away from war by the soviet dictatorial regime.
a coalition of veries parthies of center and right
Juggernaut383 (1 year ago)
I learned something new today. Thanks for making this video. Great camera shots/angles. You're a pro ;) Pozdro!
Gabi (1 year ago)
This sad thought went through my mind that probably after they came back to Korea they all had very miserable lives and under control of authorities or they even got killed, so they don't spead the message how good(when compared to NK life) life in other country is. For the first few years they kept in touch with Polish fellows, but regime could have felt in danger of thousands of kids who got a chance to life in the "outside world". They simply could have got rid off them.
Jola Lebioda (1 year ago)
nawet nie miałam pojęcia o istnieniu tych sierocińców. Temat mnie bardzo zaciekawił, uciekam w głąb internetu po więcej informacji. Dziękuję :)
Reborn (1 year ago)
Bo byly daleko od Wojny i byly pod kontrola Sowiecka.
Diamond Tiara (1 year ago)
jot_el Jeżeli szukasz czegoś na ten temat polecam książkę "Skrzydło anioła" ;)
Dawid Dubanosow (1 year ago)
jesli znajdziesz powód dla którego wybrano akurat te europejskie kraje i dlaczego akurat europejskie, to wyślij w komentarzu krótką informację :)
Artur Mikołajczak (1 year ago)
świetny materiał jak zawsze!
DanT/ДанТ (1 year ago)
Oh my god! I recently subscribed to your channel and you are making such high quality professional videos! It's such an interesting topic and it's actually really sad as well. I like your narration and the camera shots! God bless the North Korean kids and their Polish teachers, that took care of them. May the dead ones rest in peace! Thank you for such a wonderful masterpiece!!
Kult America (1 year ago)
Thank you for your comment :)
shuttze (1 year ago)
Your videos are getting better and better keep up the good job
3nutria (1 year ago)
Thank you for the video. I'm Polish but I didn't have a clue about North Korean refugees in Poland.
vJuliav xo (1 month ago)
Ja też
Serratus (1 month ago)
Then I'll add another few bits of interesting trivia: At the same time, Poland was running a hospital in the war zone of North Korea. To this day Poland remains one of only few countries in the world to maintain diplomatic relations with N. Korea including but not limited to providing access to university education. It's allso a transit country for officials traveling to the west when they want to stay under the radar.
Patryk Michałowski (9 months ago)
it's shame for us that Polish School don't learn us about that. it's more interesting subject than Grecce Mythology
Tycini1 (10 months ago)
+Killkor Are you from North Korea?
Nesti (1 year ago)
3nutria op
Michał Gucwa (1 year ago)
But why they choosed Poland not other countries ?
Killkor (1 year ago)
But ask yourself Was it a bad choice.
Paweł S (1 year ago)
They din't have a choice
Weronika (1 year ago)
Świetny film, bardzo poruszający :'(
aluette1 (1 year ago)
bardzo interesujący film.
Darkest Shadow (1 year ago)
Nice Video!
yyou888 (1 year ago)
mocno się wzruszyłam
Reszek (1 year ago)
Smutny odcinek smutniejszy niż o tym losie tego samolotu pod Warszawą/Sad film saddets than last video :( good job
Reszek (1 year ago)
Ee tam czarna wujek google się pomyli xd
Klodziak (1 year ago)
nie pisz osobno po angielsku jak ci to nie wychodzi :v
jerimichelle Cameron (1 year ago)
Fascinating - in all the most heart felt ways. I would love to know if any of the children are in search of their own answers? Individual's stories - that now are being passed on through their families! I'm super curious about these children and how their lives evolved!
UnnTHPS (1 year ago)
I'm from Otwock and I know where these places are but I just recently found out North Koreans were hosted here. For some reason it feels really weird, probably because our cultures are vastly different, but at the same time we should be proud of it. I think so, at least. This is actually relevant today.
UnnTHPS Its not you to be proud of it.Soviets are.
harv (1 year ago)
Who is disliking this?!
harv (1 year ago)
+brys555 Oh, I forgot Kim's Computer Club
brys555 (1 year ago)
the regime
allblvckadi (1 year ago)
I hope this channel will grow soon and I will be proud, because I've been here from the beggining. Keep it up!
Robin Lövgren (1 year ago)
it just grew with my subscribe 😉
Kult America (1 year ago)
Thank you for supporting the channel!
BaYaNbuse (1 year ago)
First coment
Novo Thesis (11 months ago)
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YummYakitori (1 year ago)
Given that the Korean War occurred in 1950, and it has been 66 years since, I believe many of these orphans are now still alive.
Novess PL (1 year ago)
I wouldn't be surprised if they executed them because they were old and couldn't work
KironVB (1 year ago)
Life expectancy is an average and is weighted most heavy in the childhood years. People don't just live to 60 and die lol. They're still humans with average human lifespans. Many would likely still be alive.
bart whydoyoucare (1 year ago)
Unless they were executed for things like keeping bible in the house or criticizing regime, which occurs a commonplace there. I assume the most of North Koreans don't live up to 50 at max.
Kult America (1 year ago)
They ranged in age to 15+, today they'd be around 75 - 81 years old, given that life expectancy in North Korea is 60 they are mostly probably gone. Though I HOPE I'm wrong.
Ali Kaya (1 year ago)
Hello RYAN good video
Yunus Akçay (1 year ago)
1 st
Slashplite (1 year ago)
Great documentary!

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