Group in front of the War Memorial of Korea

"The Statue of Brothers"

April, 11th 2017

After a second day of work at the Kyungmoon Highschool we vistited "The War Memorial of Korea". The museum tells the stories, not only, about the last war, known as the Korean War. It also tells and explains the sometimes difficult relations to Korea's neighbor stats.

Boys from Kyungmoon High School

Working with sources

April, 10th 2017 

Project work
German-South Korean teams developed a series of workshops on "Forced Labour in Transnational Perspective" that they are teaching in Kyungmoon High School in Seoul. Day 1.

The Group in front of the Sungam Museum

Witnesses of the Forced Labour in Ansan

April, 9th 2017

Visit of the Sungam History Museum in Ansan

The second part of our German-South Korean meeting is currently taking place. The German participants are as part of our exchange program in South Korea.

The museum is located on an island, south-west of the capital Seoul, on the historical site of the former "educational institute". The establishment was set up in 1942 during the Japanese occupation with the aim of isolating Korean boys (7-12 years old) from the so-called socially weak milieu from the society, in order to use them later in the Asia-Pacific war. The boys had to perform forced labor in agriculture and in a salt mines under severe circumstances and were not allowed to leave the institute.
After the end of the war the institute was taken over by the South Korean state and existed until 1982. The boys were still committed to forced labor.

The museum is an initiative of local activists, historians and artists. There is no official support from the state or the local government.



February, 20st 2017

This years "International Winterschool for Educators" in Cooperation with the International Tracing Service (ITS) has started. We're documenting this week with photos and a blog.



SCI Study Camp
July, 3rd - July, 17th 2016


This study camp is an intensive exploration of the history of Nazi forced labour with the help of photography. Accompanied by a professional photographer, the international participants will visit various locations in South East Berlin. They will investigate how these sites were influenced by the war and by Nazi forced labour. The results will be presented in an exhibition that will be on display at the International Youth Center


The group consists from participants from Turkey, Ukraine, Switzerland, USA, Netherlands, Spain, Russia, Serbia, Greece, Hungaria, Japan, Taiwan and Germany.



Forced Labour during World War II as a Transnational Phenomenon. German-South Korean Seminar for Educators

14.08.2016 - 21.08.2016

This seminar shall provide a forum for young educators from Germany and South Korea to exchange ideas on methods and teaching practices and learn more about the topic of forced labour in a historical context from a transnational perspective. A comparative approach should contribute to making multidirectional memories and thus encourage mutual understanding beyond the border.

The history of Nazi forced labour is a history of forced migration of an unprecedented scale. As part of the total war strategy Germany decided to shift the war costs to the populations of conquered foreign territories and thus spare their own people from hardships and social unrest. To this end Ausländereinsatz (the deployment of foreigners) was implemented, which revealed strong contradictions between economic needs and the ideological doctrine of the racial purity of the Nazi regime. As a result, approximately 13 million women and men from all across Europe worked in all parts of the German Reich during WWII. Most of them were accommodated in poor barracks and camps, malnourished and held back from returning to their home countries. Moreover, forced labourers were employed all over the Reich making it one of the largest public crimes in history which was not acknowledged as such among large parts of the population for a very long time. More than 50 years passed before the German society dealt with the topic of forced labour and a small compensation was paid to some of the victims.
The history of forced labour during WWII was not solely restricted to the actual German but likewise affected all territories occupied by the Germans and their Allies during World War II. For many years South Korea has silenced the topic of “comfort women” - thousands of girls who were forced into sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army before and during WWII. The legacy of forced labour and other World War II atrocities in the Japanese empire is a controversial political issue, which has been a serious impediment to Japanese-South Korean relations.

The aim of this seminar is (1) to discuss contemporary challenges facing history educators in Germany and South Korea, with particular emphasis on teaching the history of forced labour during WWII (2) to familiarise the participants with teaching and research trends on forced labour during WWII (3) to encourage the exchange of ideas for partnered projects between German and South Korean participants and staff members.

Participants (preferably under 35 years old): Germany: 3 museum professionals (they should be associated with a German museum, memorial site or a documentation centre) and 3 high school history teachers. Advanced students who plan to work in a museum or teach history in high schools are also welcome to apply.
South Korea: 3 museum professionals/educators, 3 history teachers.

Financial Conditions: the participation in the seminar for German participants costs 80 euros and includes:
Week 1 (Berlin): meals will be provided for all the participants. The German participants will organize their own transport and accommodation. Assistance can be provided to the participants outside Berlin.
Week 2 (Seoul): meals will be provided for all the participants. The organizers will cover the costs of travel (up to a maximum of 800 euros) and accommodation for German participants.
Those who cannot afford paying the participation fee are still encouraged to apply. The fee can be waived based on financial need and merit. Please, state it in your application.

Further information and program



Exhibition on the history of Italian military internees - Objects wanted

We are currently working on a permanent exhibition on the history of Italian military internees who will be on view from September 2016 in the Nazi Forced Labour Documentation Centre.

For this new exhibition, we are looking for personal belongings, historical photographs and films, drawings, written documents and other things, which provide information on the history of this group of victims. Particularly we would like to show meaningful objects in the exhibition.

Who knows of finds or has informations? Any hints are welcome.

Contact the exhibition team:

Andreas Froese-Karow, tel. 030-6390288-24, Froese-Karow(at)
Daniela Geppert, tel. 030-6390288-11 Geppert(at)
Dr. Kay Kufeke, tel. 030-6390288-16, kufeke(at)





Museum Oskars 2015

We're very happy about being awarded in the following categories:

Project Week under the topic of Forced Labour January, 27th to 30st

As part of their project week, students of the Clay High school spent one day here with us. A few impressions below.