DeRiggi-Whitton Awards Women Who Suffered In WWII

Kang II-Chul (center) with her family, HMTC representatives, NYS Assemblyman Charles Lavine (third from left) and Leg. DeRiggi-Whitton (second from right).

The Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center (HMTC) in Glen Cove recently held a special event entitled Comfort Women: Truth, Acknowledgment and Healing. The program focused on women who were forced to serve as sexual slaves in Nazi concentration camps and under Japanese military rule from Korea and other nations.

Two survivors from Korea, Yi Ok-Seon and Kang II-Chul, attended the event. During a discussion session, Yi addressed these horrific acts that she and over 200,000 other women and girls endured as what were considered “comfort women.” Then referred to as “brothels,” when in reality, they were rape campaigns.

Prior to the discussion, Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton presented both of these brave women with citations in honor of their amazing bravery and personal endurance over the decades.

A special exhibit from the House of Sharing in Seoul, South Korea, featuring drawings by Korean women who suffered through the rape campaign, will be on display at the museum through the month of April.

The mission of the HMTC is to teach the history of the Holocaust through education and community outreach, as well as promoting resistance to prejudice and advocating for respect for all people. For more information, visit or call 516-571-8040.



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