During the Second World War, hundreds of thousands of Korean civilians, along with thousands of others in the occupied territories, were conscripted for Japan’s war effort, a topic that is only on the periphery of Western historiography and education.
During their visit to Seoul, members of the Alpha Education Peace Tour were able to meet with the progeny of one of these onetime forced labourers, Sim Jintae. Mr. Sim was in Japan and experienced the effects of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in August 1945.
Translation for this interview was done by Ahn Minseob, a former student of Mr. Masters, and Pastor Lee Daesoo, of the Asia Citizens’ Network for Peace.
Please note that this interview is in Korean, with the English translation at the end of each segment.
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- 1. 개인 및 역사적 맥락 - Personal and Historical Context
- 2. 일본의 한국 합병 - Japan's Annexation of Korea
- 3. 심씨 아버님의 역할 - Mr. Sim's Father's Role
- 4. 심씨의 부모님 - Mr. Sim's Parents
- 5. 한국으로 돌아오다 - Back to Korea
- 6. 차별 - Discrimination
- 7. 다른 생존자들과의 만남 - Meeting Other Survivors
- 8. 가족과 한국전쟁 - Family and the Korean War; 전쟁에서 살아남기 - Surviving the War
- 9. 분노와 비난 - Anger and Blame
- 10. 한국 희생자들을 기억하다 - Remembering the Korean Victims
- 11. 한국인들이 그들의 뜻에 반대하다 - The Koreans Were There against Their Will
- 12. 차세대에 보내는 메세지 - Message to the Next Generation
- 13. 미국의 역할 - The United States' Role