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[From left, clockwise: Chejin Park Esq., Dongchan Kim, Kupferberg Holocaust Center’s
Executive Director Dr. Arthur Flug, KAVC Chairman Esther Lee, Artist Steve
Cavallo, Holocaust Survivors Hanne Liebmann and Ethel Katz]

In November 21, 2011, Korean American Voters’ Council had a press conference about the upcoming event, “Comfort Women & Holocaust survivors Calling for Justice Together” that will take place at Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center, 6 PM, December
13, 2011. Two special guests, Ethel Katz and Hanne Liebmann, who are the Holocaust survivors, were asked to attend the event on December 13 to meet with the Comfort Women survivors. Mrs. Katz explained that based on the tragic history of the Holocaust, she was able to understand the woeful experience of Comfort Women survivors, and Mrs. Liebmann pointed out that Germany had officially
apologized long ago and Japan should apologize as soon as possible.

Since H.Res 121 of 2007, the Comfort Women Resolution of the House of Representatives, KAVC has been working on the Comfort Women issue. In result, the first Comfort women memorial in the Western world (2010), the first Comfort women art exhibition associated with Jewish community (2011), and Upcoming Asian history internship program in Kupferberg Holocaust Center (2012) has been established.

Japan did not officially recognize nor apologize since the comfort women issues arose, and even downplayed the history. The protest against Japan took place every Wednesday since January, 1992 in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul. On December 14 (December 13 in USA), it will be the 1000th Wednesday protest.

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To show the support for the 1000th Wednesday protest from the world, KAVC and the Kupferberg Holocaust Center will host an event to link those war crimes committed in the East and the West during World War II. on December 13, 2011. In this event, Comfort women survivors and holocaust survivors will request an official apology from the Japanese government. Also on December 15, there will be a forum hosted in University of Columbia about Comfort Women and human rights.

After the event on December 13, KAVC and Kupferberg Holocaust Center have agreed to create “Asian history internship program” in the holocaust center to follow up the issue. This program will educate college students in New York City about history.

 

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