Soviet records show that Shura was born Alexander Irsenovich Kim (Russian: Алехандер Ирсенович Ким) in 1944 in the Russian village of Vyatskoye. Inside his family, he was nicknamed Shura. Official North Korean biographies state that Shura and his older brother Kim Jong-il got along very well and played together.
Korean based sources indicate that in the summer of 1947 or 1948, Shura and his brother were playing in a pond in the city of Pyongyang, when Shura mysteriously drowned. Russian sources indicate that he drowned in a well in Vyatskoye, prior to the family moving back to Korea. Official records state that Kim Jong-il was devastated and could never get over the trauma of losing his younger brother. In 1949, his mother, Kim Jong-suk died while giving birth to a stillborn girl.
^To keep the tree of manageable size, it omits some members, e. g., brothers and sisters of Kim Jong-il.
^Names of Supreme Leaders of the DPRK (and the name of the article being viewed if any) are in bold font.
^Korean names often have a variety of transliterations into English, which can be confusing. For example, "Kim Jong-chul" may also be written "Gim Jeong-cheol" or "Kim Jŏng-ch'ŏl" among many other variations. See Korean romanization for more information.
^ abcdOfficial biographies of Kim Jong-suk and Kim Jong-il give birth years of 1917 and 1942, respectively, while Kim Jong-un's birth year may actually be 1984. Kim Ju-ae may have been born in late 2012 or early 2013.
^Both Jerrold Post in Post, Jerrold M. (2008). "Kim Jong-Il of North Korea: In the shadow of his father". International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies. 5 (3): 191–210. and Robert Davison who publishes The Inquisitor cite North Korean defector Yi Ki-bong (이기봉, 李基奉) for statements that shed some doubt on this. Davison quotes from Yi's book, What Kind of Man is Kim Jong II [sic: Kim, Chŏng-il] (most likely Yi's chapter in 민족사 입장 에서 본 김 일성 정권): “Kim was very mischievous when a child. When he saw an insect, he trampled on it. After Korea’s liberation from Japanese occupation, the Kim II-sung family lived in a house in Mansu-tong, Central District, P’yongyang. In the early summer of 1948, his younger brother, Shura (then three years old) drowned. Kim Jong II was there at the time. I learned later how the accident occurred. The two brothers were playing in the pond right by the edge. Kim Jong II raised his face faster than his brother, and pushed his brother’s face back into water. He did that over and over.” Davison, Robert (26 August 2009). "Despot of the Week #5 – Kim Jong II". Archived from the original on 30 August 2009.