“Never again is now!”: Football takes a stand against anti-Semitism

“Never again is now!”: Football takes a stand against anti-Semitism

On Holocaust Remembrance Day, German professional football also remembers the crimes of National Socialism. The clubs will commemorate the victims on January 27th with banners, initiatives and campaigns.

On the day of remembrance of the victims of National Socialism, German professional football took a stand against anti-Semitism. At games in the stadiums, on the training ground and at other events, clubs and fans commemorated the crimes of the Nazi era on the anniversary of the liberation of the former German concentration camp Auschwitz.

In view of the terrorist attack by the Islamist terrorist organization Hamas on Israel on October 7th and the increasing protests against the right-wing in Germany, this time the actions are taking place under the motto “Never again is now!” instead of.

“Remembrance Day in German football is now an integral part of our game calendar and sends a clear, strong signal every year,” said Managing Director Steffen Merkel of the German Football League. On January 27, 1945, Soviet troops liberated the survivors of the German Auschwitz extermination camp. The Nazis murdered more than a million people there, mostly Jews. The date has been celebrated as Holocaust Remembrance Day in Germany since 1996, and the United Nations proclaimed the date a day of remembrance in 2005.

Commitment against extremism is extremely important

“In memory of the six million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust,” Borussia Dortmund wrote in a post on

Among other things, before the second division game between SV Wehen Wiesbaden and Hertha BSC early on Saturday afternoon, the teams and the referee team held up the same banner before kick-off. FC Augsburg’s home game this Saturday against record champions FC Bayern Munich will take place “as a commemorative match day and unites football Germany behind the message that “Never again” is right now,” said the FCA.

“The need to commemorate the day of the liberation of the concentration camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau 79 years ago every year with the motto “Never Again” is currently more evident than in previous years,” wrote Werder Bremen. “The latest revelations surrounding the AfD show us that deportations are being considered again in Germany. That’s shocking.”

The background to the current many rallies across Germany is a meeting of right-wing radicals with politicians from the AfD and individual CDU members in a Potsdam villa, which was publicized by the media company Correctiv. Recently, numerous professional football clubs in the 1st and 2nd Bundesliga drew attention to demonstrations against right-wing extremism.

Source: Stern

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