In Nazi Germany and Cold War eastern Europe, the average citizen was not merely complicit in repudiating the truth, warns Smith, but out of fear aided the despots. Under Stalin, even an unfounded suspicion of disloyalty was often punishable by death -- or exile to the prison camps of Siberia. Today in North Korea, failure to show wildly emotional public devotion to the nation's leader can result in entire familes suffering long sentences in "re-education through labor" prison camps.
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