Last 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of German reunification, Dr. Ki-ung Son and Dr. Dong-wan Kang published a book “Walk along the 1,393km of Grünes Band between the East and West Germany Border.” This is an essay about their experience of pilgrimage of 30 years of German reunification. By walking along the Grünes Band (Green Belt) between the, they shared their experience with live pictures. Dr. Bernhard Seliger, the Resident Representative of the Hanns Seidel Foundation Korea joined this journey several times.
The two experts described the journey from Lübeck-Shrutub, Germany's northernmost border area, to Mittelhammer, which is on the border with Czechoslovakia during the division. They said, “the line between East and West Germany, which was called the death belt, has changed into a lifeline named Grünes Band ”. Also, this Grünes Band is a guide to reunification for Korean living in a divided country. The call of unification, which has not gone, reminds us to take a deeper look at the history of German unification.
Dr. Ki-ung Son is a chairman of the Korean Association of DMZ studies, Korean Institute for Peace and Cooperation, and invited professor at the Tianjin Foreign Studies University. After he experienced the collapse of the Berlin Wall, he decided to dedicate himself to unification. And Dr. Dong-wan Kang is a professor at the Dong-A University and laying the foundation stone for the establishment of a unification culture center for the children of third-counter North Korean defectors.