A Trip to Germany in South Korea

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History is what it is. I don't dwell on the past. I do examine, and learn from it to the best of my abilities.

If you haven't noticed by the picture, I'm going to talk about the Korean dispersion into Germany.

As an interesting fact, though, most people think 주소모음 Australia is all about Crocodile Dundy, Steve Irwin, kangaroos, and the outback. Well, don't forget, there are a lot of Germans in Australia, A LOT. I've seen so many Germans in Australia that I actually can recognize the REAL English German accent. The American movies have got it all wrong.

In any respect, off to Deutschland! (Germany in German).

The population of the Korean community in Germany? Over 30,000 as confirmed by the Korea Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade as of 2009. So I can only guess there are more now.

How did it get this way?

When I first knew that there were Koreans in Germany, at first I thought, what the hell are they doing there? But then I got interested.

When I get curious enough, I find the answers. Thus, here is the short and sweet version of how we ended up in Europe.

After the reputation they created from WWII, Germany wasn't looking so hot to the world. The country was very much divided due to their their ideologies, similar to North and South Korea. Because of Germany's similar situation where their country was divided, West Germany wanted to offer support, and setup a system which invited miners and nurses from South Korea.

So the girls got dolled up and went to Germany!

These guys that came were called Gastarbeiter, meaning guest worker.

Though the Gastarbeiters were only allowed to stay for a specific amount of time in West Germany, anyone who's spent a few years in another country and found their second home, half of them didn't want to leave.

I mean, who'd want to go back, they look so happy!

So was the case with the South Koreans; they protested and fought to stay in Germany, and the government agreed.

What wasn't so peachy?

The North Koreans. they wanted to become an influential figure in the Korean community in West Germany. Because of this, North Korea sent spies to recruit people within the Korean community. However, the South Koreans didn't want to take this crap, so they took measures into their own hands.

Suspected people who were becoming influenced by the North Koreans were tortured and six people were sentenced to death, without the consent of the West German government.