Google adds North Korean death-camps to maps


22 Responses to “Google adds North Korean death-camps to maps”

  1. bzishi says:

    I tried to get Google Maps to give me directions. It was unable to do so. This is the correct answer. Once again, Google Maps proves its merit.

  2. Flashman says:

    North Korea’s gulags are an awful and completely abhorrent thing to still exist in the year 2013, but the term ‘death camp’ just doesn’t apply. Unless Mr Doctorow has access to intelligence unknown to the rest of the world.

    • C W says:

      “the term ‘death camp’ just doesn’t apply.”

      A political concentration camp in which prisoners are worked to death would be different how, exactly?

    • Michael A says:

      The fuck is wrong with you? Read Shin Dong-Hyuk’s story before making that kind of a statement. It is certainly a death camp. His life is so twisted & this camp is so terrible its offensive you’d try to apply any kind of a shade of grey to it.

      • bzishi says:

        I’ve read the story. He described a gulag, not an extermination camp (which is what ‘death camp’ means–google it). If it was an extermination camp, he wouldn’t have grown up. I know the conditions he described are about as horrible as can be imagined. Extermination camps are still worse. You criticize the above poster by claiming that his or her post was applying “any kind of a shade of grey to it”. This is inane. Gulags are horrible places where many people can be tortured, murdered, or worked to death, sometimes over a period of decades. But most people still survive. Nobody survives an extermination camp unless it is liberated. And the timeline for it is months or years. A gulag is a terrible prison where forced labor under the worst conditions is used as an example to intimate the rest of the population. An extermination camp is a factory designed to murder people in the most efficient way possible.

        It depresses me that people don’t understand the difference. I hope you use this opportunity to study the Holocaust and find out a little more on the history of extermination camps.

  3. I am trying to relate this to the recent visit to North Korea by Eric Schmidt. Did the Koreans agree to give data to google, or did the meeting have to happen before google started to use data they got from elsewhere?

    • Paul_Werner says:

      I was thinking these were related too, just not sure if it’s one way or the other out of what you just described

    • KWillets says:

      It was probably a bit more than they asked for.

      The data was assembled by volunteers outside of North Korea, using satellite imagery and survivor accounts.

  4. giantasterisk says:

    “Born and raised in a death camp” is not something you hear every day…

  5. KLyon42 says:

    I’m torn on saying these camps may damned near be as bad if not worse than Nazi Concentration Camps.  While it doesn’t appear they are systematically executing the population in mass, what they are doing is essentially torturing their captives to death instead.  Is that better, or worse?  Either way, that such places still exist in the world should outrage all of us.  

  6. Petzl says:

    “Turn Left at Heroic Victor’s Boulevard in 2 miles … ”
    “Turn Left at Lenin Avenue in 1000 feet … ”
    “Turn Slightly Left at One Korean Way.  Proceed through Guard Checkpoint A.”
    “You are arriving at your destination, Bukchang Gulag.”

  7. MB44 says:

    Google has been banned from R/Pyongyang…

  8. Peacen1k says:

    No Google love for Guantanamo ‘death camp’ facility?  I am disappoint.

  9. Pokemon Otis says:

    Oh look, 60 smartasses have written fake reviews of this forced labor camp. How hilarious. 

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      It’s satire, a tool of liberation for several millennia. If they hadn’t done it, nobody would have even known that this place existed.

  10. Philbert says:

    Is there more information on this guy’s escape somewhere? How did a Gulag escapee get access to a mobile phone (or computer?) with google maps on it, and how did he get internet access on it?

  11. HOTDAMN says:

    Where did you get the information that a large number of North Korean citizens look forward to the seasonal work that these labor camps provide?

    All the information I have on the subject pretty much comes from documentaries such as this one:

    Please explain in detail.

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