Sinchon Museum of American War Atrocities

My name is Daniel. I was an English teacher in Seoul, South Korea, and am now a writer who has
published three books including South Korea: Our Story by Daniel Nardini.
                               One of the centerpieces of North Korean propaganda is the Sinchon
Museum of American War Atrocities. The museum, located in Sinchon County, describes the mass
murder of an estimated 35,000 civilians allegedly by the U.S. 19th Infantry Regiment. The museum
provides all kinds of paintings, photographs and “witness” testimony how American soldiers were
said to have slaughtered in one instance 400 women and children with all kinds of horrible tortures.
People all over North Korea are required to go to this museum as part of their political
indoctrination on the evils of the “American imperialists.” The big problem is that we really do not
know what happened in the Sinchon area. According to the Institute for Korean Historical Studies,
both Communist and South Korean police forces engaged in mass slaughter of civilians in the
area. The South Korean police were rounding up and killing Communists and the Communists
killed anyone who cooperated with the South Korean police. The one thing we DO KNOW is that
no one of the U.S. 19th Infantry Regiment were involved in any of the massacres that took place
in Sinchon County. But the museum is called the Sinchon Museum of American War Atrocities
because the North Korean government has created a lie about the American soldiers committing
the atrocities that were said to have taken place in that area. This place was created to serve as
a means to reinforce the Kim dynasty and dehumanize Americans and the United States.