September 2015


Japan's Responsibility for the Suffering of the "Comfort Women"

Tuesday 22.09.2015 6:00 PM | Saal

Admission: free

Organizer: Werkstatt der Kulturen/ Korea-Verband e.V.


Paths to justice for the victims of sexual violence during the Second World War

70 years after the war, the brutal history of the so-called "comfort women" (sex slaves from the Asia-Pacific region in Japanese military brothels during the Asia-Pacific War) still stands between the societies and puts peace in the region at risk. How can the victims be rehabilitated?


89 year old Kim Bok-Dong is one of the last witnesses from Korea. She speaks of her deportation from Korea by Japanese soldiers at 14 years of age through Guandong (China), Hong Kong, Sumatra, Malaysia to Singapore.

People from politics, academia and civil society discuss causes and solutions for the defiant attitude and Japan's ongoing denial.



  • Introduction: Dr. Regina Mühlhäuser (Hamburger Stiftung zur Förderung von Wissenschaft und Kultur)
  • Witness Report: KIM Bok-Dong
  • Panel Discussion with YOUN Mee-Hyang (Committee Head of Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan); Prof. Dr. HAYASHI Hirofumi (Historian and Political Scientist at Kanto Gakuin University, Japan); Uta Gerlant (Advisor to the Board Stiftung EVZ – Erinnerung, Verantwortung, Zukunft); N.N. Representative of the Bundestag

Event languages: German / Japanese / Korean

Due to a limited number of seats, reservations can be made

An event in cooperation with the Korea-Verband e.V. and The Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan, supported by Stiftung Umverteilen, Koreastiftung, EMS, BMW, DOAM, Deutsch-Japanisches Friedensforum, Japanische Fraueninitative, Koreanische Frauengruppe, Korean People’s Solidarity in Europe, KOWIN, Hamburger Stiftung zur Förderung von Wissenschaft and Kultur/ International Research Group 'Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict'.