ドイツの売春婦像の碑文 上の部分 [英文] The meaning of the Statue of Peace The statue’s attire refers to the time before World WarⅡ. The cut-off hair indicates the violent abduction of the girls and women. The fists and raised heals express a life of shame and isolation even after they returned home, yet also the strong will to never give up, despite humiliation. The bird sitting on her shoulder represents peace liberty and the bond between the living and the dead. The shadow of the statue, embedded in the floor slab as a mosaic, traces the shape of an elderly women. It signifies the time that has passed and emphasizes the long wait for justice. The white butterfly is a symbol of reincarnation and the hope for a sincere apology from those responsible. The empty chair invites us to take a seat next to the girl and to feel the emotions of the victims. It embodies the promise from all future generations to not forget, and to take action for a peaceful world.
The first Statue of Peace was established in 2011 to commemorate the 1000th Wednesday Demonstration for the resolution of the Japanese military sexual slavery issue, which has been held since 1992 in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, South Korea. The design was created by the artists Kim Seo Kyung and Kim Un Seong together with The Korean Council for Justice and Remembrance for the issues of Military Sexual Slavery by Japan.
碑文 下の部分 [英文] Statue of Peace During World WarⅡ the Japanese military abducted countless girls and women from across the Asia-Pacific region and forced them into sexual slavery. The Statue of Peace commemorates the suffering of these so-called comfort women. It honors the courage of the survivors who broke their silence on 14th August 1991, and are seeking to prevent the repeat of such atrocities worldwide.
A gift from The Korean Council for Justice and Remembrance for the Issue of Military Sexual Slavery by Japan, established by AG “Comfort Women” of Korea Verband in the Alliance for the Statue of Peace.