ESJF’s decolonization study tour to Germany from June 19 to 23 was packed with important learning and experiences reflecting multiple perspectives on Germany’s colonization of countries in Africa from the late 19th to the early 20th century. Although they differ in approaches, the growing decolonization movement in Germany to address Germany’s past wrongs was eye-opening. In addition to visiting museums, historical sites, and neighborhoods, we met inspiring decolonization activist groups, educators, and other professionals.
Many activists and educators we met on this study tour closely connected the sexual violence their ancestors were forced to endure under German colonization with the Japanese military sexual slavery system, also known as the “comfort women” system, that numerous women and girls in Asia were forced to endure.
ESJF thanks Korea Verband for making the necessary arrangements for this invaluable trip!
Image credit: Julia-Carla Schmidt, Korea Verband, & ESJF