Kim Jong-Suk was President Kim Il Sung's wife and Chairman Kim Jong Il's mother. Born December 24 1917 in a poor family when Korea was occupied by Japan she left with her family to China at the age of 5. In 1932 she joined the Young Communist League lead by Leader Kim Il Sung, joining the Korean People's Revolutionary Army's (KPRA) main division 4 years later. This unit was also commanded by Leader Kim Il Sung.
An anti-Japanese struggle DPRK heroine, she joined the Communist Party in 1937 and gave birth a few years later to Leader Kim Jong Il. She passed away when 31 in 1949.
She officially became heroine of the DPRK in 1972. Known as "The Heroine of the Anti-Japanese War" and "Mother Kim Jong Suk" her image is used in the DPRK to show her revolutionary spirit.