Martin Lötscher, President,Swiss Organizing Committee for the International Festival in Praise of the Great Persons of Mt. Paektu,Swiss Juche Idea Study GroupThere are many great and important persons with merits for their country and people. But there was never before a great man like President Kim Il Sung!Korea was blessed with his outstanding and noble personality. He was the benevolent leader and the father of the Korean nation and people.When he was born on April 15, Juche 1 (1912) in Mangyongdae, Korea was enslaved brutally by the Japanese imperialists. They made the Korean people a stateless nation.The birth of President Kim Il Sung was like the sunrise. This glorious day brought hope to the Korean people. The great man who brought freedom, independence and happiness to the Korean people was born!President Kim Il Sung’s firm will and determination was to wipe out the hateful and cruel Japanese imperialist beasts and to liberate his beloved country and people.For this goal, he founded the Juche idea, the new man-centered and people-centered revolutionary idea which calls the people as the master of everything and decides everything.Based on this idea, President Kim Il Sung founded the Korean People's Revolutionary Army (KPRA) on April 25, Juche 21 (1932) and started the anti-Japanese armed struggle for national liberation.In the secret camp of Mt. Paektu where the KPRA had its headquarters, the anti-Japanese war heroine Comrade Kim Jong Suk, the closest comrade-in-arms of President Kim Il Sung, gave birth to a son, Comrade Kim Jong Il, whom she educated as the successor of the great Leader of the revolutionary cause of Juche.President Kim Il Sung liberated Korea on August 15, Juche 34 (1945) and thus the most ardent dream of the Korean people came true! Korea was free and independent! The Korean people greeted and celebrated President Kim Il Sung as the Heaven-sent liberator and benefactor.In the new democratic Korea he founded the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) as the General Staff of the revolution and construction (October 10, 1945), formed the KPRA into the Korean People's Army (KPA) as the regular army of the independent state (February 8, 1948) and founded the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) as the first independent and democratic state of the whole Korean nation and people (September 9, 1948).But as soon as the DPRK was founded, the US imperialists who had illegally occupied south Korea as their neo-colony, prepared a war of aggression against the young DPRK with the aim to topple its people's democratic power and to occupy the whole of the Korean nation. They instigated the Korean war on June 25, 1950.President Kim Il Sung took the arms and guided the Fatherland Liberation War (1950-1953) against the US imperialist aggressors. The heroic KPA defeated the US imperialists!President Kim Il Sung is the first military commander in history who defeated the United States! He is the iron-willed and ever-victorious brilliant commander and distinguished military strategist. He forced to knee two imperialist powers in one generation - Japan and the United States.After the historic victory in the war the great Leader President Kim Il Sung created the people-centered, independent and Juche-based Korean-style socialism. He is the founding father of socialist Korea.He created the people’s paradise where medical care, education and housing are free and where all taxes are abolished. The DPRK became the first tax-free state on earth! With this historic exploit, the people were freed from the burden of taxes.Thanks to President Kim Il Sung’s warm care and love for the people, the people enjoy a happy life and are the master of society.With his life-long creed The people are my God, the President made socialist Korea a real people’s fairyland!President Kim Il Sung fought for Korea’s independent and peaceful reunification until the end of his great life.Looking back on his glorious life we can see that no other leader in world history is comparable to President Kim Il Sung. He was not only a great leader, strategist, statesman and political activist, but also the tender-hearted and benevolent father of the nation and the people. He was a noble personality loved and venerated by the people.His great achievements for the Korean nation, global independence and world peace will remain forever!His great work was carried forward by the great Leader Comrade Kim Jong Il who declared Kim Il Sung as the eternal President of the DPRK and the eternal and immortal leader.And today it is the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un who is guiding the building of a powerful country and is struggling for national reunification, global independence and peace.Eternal Glory to the great leader Comrade Kim Il Sung, the Sun of Korea and Sun of Juche!Long life and best health to the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un, great Sun of the 21st Century!