Wednesday, January 30, 2013

German Soccer Club Schalke 04 commemorates the deaths of Jewish club members during the Holocaust

In a ceremony in Gelsenkirchen in western Germany, the Soccer Club Schalke 04 unveiled a plaque outside its stadium, the Veltins-Arena, to commemorate the deaths of nine Jewish club members and supporters during the Holocaust. To add even more poignancy to the event, it was held 80 years to the day that Adolf Hitler rose to power in Germany in 1933.
Before more than 200 people, including Schalke’s General Manager Horst Heldt, Coach Jens Keller and the players Benedikt Hoewedes, Julian Draxler and Christoph Metzelder (who was pictured wearing a skullcap during the ceremony), the club’s financial director Peter Peters said: “It is our obligation to keep the memories alive. Schalke did not protect its Jewish members, sponsors, officials and athletes during the time of National Socialism.”

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