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The Collapse of Family in the Period of ‘Great Purge’ -With Focus on the Cases of Kim Ok-Chun and Park Jung-Sook-

  • Journal of Humanities
  • 2021, (82), pp.81-112
  • DOI : 10.31310/HUM.082.03
  • Publisher : Institute for Humanities
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : June 29, 2021
  • Accepted : July 28, 2021
  • Published : August 31, 2021

Choi, Woo Chul 1

1성균관대학교

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ABSTRACT

The Great Purge (or the Great Terror) ― Stalin’s campaign of political repression ― violated the people from numerous perspectives. In this period, an uncountable number of victims were accused as the ‘Enemy of the People.’ Furthermore, the catastrophic terror was inflicted not only on the ‘Enemy of the People’ but also on the family members of the ‘Enemy of the People.’ Even the wives and children of the ‘Enemy’ could be isolated from society. One can name this phenomenon as a ‘collapse of a family,’ and it was not an exception to the families of the ethnic Korean ‘Enemy of the People.’ Two of the most representative cases were those of Kim Ok-Chun and Park Jung-Sook. These cases show that the authoritarian government led to the collapse of the families by separating family members and controling information.

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