Which Nazi cadres were in the club? (neue-deutschland.de)

The 96-year-old Esther Bejarano – here on the 10th day of remembrance of the soccer network “Never Again” – survived the Auschwitz concentration camp as a member of the girls’ orchestra.

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For a long time, sports clubs did not want to admit their involvement in National Socialism. But in the meantime a lively memory work has developed especially around football. Fans visit memorial sites, clubs establish partnerships with museums, and social workers organize workshops. “We should include the stadiums even more in the future,” says Berlin historian Juliane Röleke, who has long been concerned with memory work in football. What could fans watch in the Third Reich? Were their stadiums close to labor camps or concentration camp outposts? Were sports facilities used for SS propaganda games or as assembly points for deportations? There are still inadequate answers to many of these questions.

The soccer network “Never Again” has shaped educational work in soccer for 17 years. This year, too, events around the International Holocaust Remembrance Day will take place on January 27th, mostly digitally. But there are still gaps in research, believes Röleke, who studied the history of Hertha BSC in the Third Reich with Berlin fans. How do Bundesliga sponsors deal with their role in National Socialism in their corporate history? “It’s almost good form to deal with National Socialism, but it happens in a relatively uncritical way,” says Röleke. “It would also be important to look at the time after 1945. Who exactly rebuilt the clubs? «The prohibition of women’s football in 1955 was largely enforced by DFB officials who had once been in the NSDAP.

In recent years fans and historians have created a public space for persecuted Jewish athletes and officials, for Julius Hirsch, Gottfried Fuchs and Kurt Landauer. Prominent perpetrators in the clubs received less attention. One exception: Otto Harder, one of the most important players in Hamburger SV in the 1920s. Harder became a member of the NSDAP in 1932 and joined the SS in 1933, later he worked as a security guard in several concentration camps. “Harder was still honored and viewed as a role model after 1945,” says political scientist Paula Scholz, who had worked on an exhibition at the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial on football in Hamburg under National Socialism. Your research was sometimes difficult. “The big clubs usually have archives,” says Scholz, but the situation is different for smaller clubs or regional associations: “And if there are archives, in many places there are rooms in the basement that are not even public.”

Partnerships between clubs, fan projects, memorials and city archives have emerged at several Bundesliga locations. It is important to transfer knowledge about the past into the present. “Anti-Semitism manifests itself in a wide variety of ways,” says Pavel Brunßen, who has been researching forms of discrimination in football for years and is currently doing his doctorate at the University of Michigan. Brunßen has analyzed examples of anti-Semitism: hateful songs from fans on travel routes, the desecration of a Jewish cemetery or attacks on Maccabi, “as a lightning rod for anger over the Israel-Palestine conflict, where a Jewish association is held liable.”

Antigypsyism and hostility to Sinti and Roma are less problematic. In many places, fans, professional players and youth footballers use the word “gypsies” as an insult to differentiate themselves, says Brunßen: “The term is historically charged and conveys stereotypes. And when people talk about it in public, they always say: it is not meant that way, and it’s not a problem at all. «Numerous groups and activists who campaign against right-wing extremism are attacked by neo-Nazis. Pavel Brunßen therefore wants a “central anti-discrimination agency that can work long-term and is not tied to anyone.” An institution that networks local knowledge.

What could be new stages in memory work? The Berlin association »Parlor Games«, which organizes events on football, politics and culture, cultivates international exchange. For example in 2018: At that time, 21 fans from Germany and Ukraine traveled to Kiev. They also visited the Babyn Yar Gorge, where the Nazis murdered more than 33,000 Jews in two days in 1941. The German fans noticed in discussions that they could not easily transfer their political coordinate system to Ukraine. “It may be that international partners have a different view of LGBTIQ or colonial history than we do,” says Rico Noack from “Parlor Games”. “At the same time, we shouldn’t apply the Central European compass of values ​​to the partner organizations.” A process of weighing up.

This year, the “Never Again” alliance particularly reminds people who have been and are excluded because of their sexual and gender identity. “Sport is part of the reality of life for many people,” says the political scientist Nina Reip, who heads the office of the “Sport and Politics” network. “There are good points of contact in sport that young people can use to establish an emotional connection to what happened back then.” Reip took part in a digital tour of the concentration camp memorial in Dachau near Munich. In a time in which fewer and fewer contemporary witnesses can report, formats like these will increasingly shape the culture of commemoration.


Draw against Poland: historic bankruptcy – German handball players only 12th in the World Cup

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Historic bankruptcy – German handball players only twelfth in the World Cup

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The sobering World Cup farewell for the DHB team

The German handball players finished the World Cup in Egypt on a historically poor twelfth place. Against Poland it is only enough for a 23:23. Here are the reactions.

In the last World Cup game, the national team made a rough appearance. Instead of getting security for the Olympic qualification in six weeks, Captain Gensheimer and colleagues leave Egypt with a few question marks in their heads.

Mith a petrified face, national coach Alfred Gislason sat for minutes in his chair looking for the first explanations for the historic World Cup bankruptcy of the German handball players. After a sobering 23:23 (11:12) against Poland, the DHB selection returned from the title fights in Egypt as twelfth in the World Cup with the worst placement in the association’s history.

Philipp Weber (left) can only rarely prevail against the defense of the Poles

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At the disappointing farewell performance on Monday in Cairo, Philipp Weber and David Schmidt were the best throwers for the Gislason team with four goals each. The worst performance of a DHB selection so far was ten years ago with eleventh place in Sweden.

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“We handled our chances extremely badly and warmed up the goalkeeper. We also make too many technical mistakes, ”criticized Gislason. “It was a muddled game.” Captain Uwe Gensheimer wasn’t satisfied either: “We couldn’t build on our good attacking game and then we got hectic.” Goalkeeper Andreas Wolff saved the German team from the third tournament failure with a last-second parade.

Unsuccessful Olympic test

Even before the Poland game, the German team, newly formed after nine cancellations, had missed the quarter-finals prematurely due to defeats against Hungary and European champions Spain. On Tuesday they will not only return home from a major event for the fifth time in a row without a medal, but also without the hoped-for sense of achievement at the end of the World Cup. The last precious metal for the DHB selection so far was in 2016 with an Olympic bronze.

The summer games are also the next big goal, for which the Gislason troops first have to qualify in Berlin in mid-March. The game against Poland was therefore already planned as a test for the four-way tournament with Sweden, Slovenia and Algeria, in which two Tokyo tickets will be awarded. But the chance to gain self-confidence for the difficult task was not used.

Germany's coach Alfred Gislason reacts during the World Handball Championship between Germany and Brazil, in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. (Khaled Elfiqit, Pool via AP)

National coach Alfred Gislason

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Here goalkeeper Wolff, who could hardly convince in the course of the tournament, parried a seven meter right at the beginning. However, that remained a very rare sense of achievement for the European champion from 2016, because the people in front of him did not get up to operating temperature.

There were often large gaps in the defense, which the Poles gratefully used. In addition, many chances were neglected in the attack. The German players failed ten times in the first half to Poland’s goalkeeper Adam Morawski. The hit rate in the first 30 minutes was only 46 percent.

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After eight minutes there was only one hit, in the 19th minute the Gislason troops were behind with three goals at 6: 9. The national coach didn’t like the hustle and bustle on the floor at all. Nevertheless, the 61-year-old Icelander only took a break four minutes before the break to take corrective action.

Lousy attack

Even after the move it didn’t get any better. For six minutes there was no hit, which annoyed Gislason and forced him to take another time-out at 11:15. “You made four technical mistakes, one more stupid than the other,” he scolded loudly.

But it was a long time before his charges caught up. Only ten minutes before the end did the German team catch up again at 18:19 and equalize shortly afterwards. In the final phase, Marcel Schiller discarded a seven meter score at 22:22, a little later he hit from the outside. But it wasn’t enough to win.


Mesut Özil is training with Fenerbahce Istanbul for the first time

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“A dream comes true,” says Özil

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Özil after change: “A dream comes true!”

Mesut Özil has left Arsenal FC and joined Fenerbahce Istanbul. According to Özil, this is a dream come true.

Mesut Özil now plays for Fenerbahce Istanbul. The ex-national player chooses emotional words in his digital presentation. The 2014 world champion chose the 67th shirt number because of his parents.

DFenerbahce’s Twitter account blew up. The enthusiasm after Mesut Özil’s signature was measurable. Within minutes, the video that Fenerbahce Istanbul posted on social media was viewed over a million times. It is now four million. “Let’s announce it,” says the former German international with a laugh into the camera.

The transfer, which was indicated for days, was fixed on Sunday evening. As the club announced, Özil signed a contract until 2024. Özil trained with Fenerbahce Istanbul for the first time on Sunday. Addressing his new team, he said: “A dream will come true.” He was very happy.

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Özil, 2014 world champion, had announced the change a long time ago. “I grew up as a child in Germany as a Fenerbahce fan,” wrote Özil on Twitter. The Istanbul club is like Real Madrid in Spain. “The biggest club in the country,” wrote the 32-year-old, who is leaving Arsenal after some disappointing months in England.

Mesut Özil is expected to earn more than 15 million euros by 2024. And that despite the fact that the club from Istanbul has debts of over 520 million euros. Therefore, the transfer should also be financed with the help of the fans.

SMS for funding

“We have a request for our fans. Please continue to support us, we are also dependent on your financial support. On the day of the signature I will ask you to break a record, ”said club president Ali Koc. “Maybe 300,000, 500,000 or maybe even a million text messages come together. This support will do us very good. “

Every SMS sent as part of the “Mesutol” (“Sei Mesut”; d. Red.) is sent to the number 1907 (the year Fenerbahce was founded) costs 20 Turkish Lira (around 2.20 euros). The club is hoping for up to two million euros from the pockets of its fans.

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But that’s not all. “I believe and know that there will be a lot of rush for the jerseys,” said Koc. Internally, the club expects one million Özil jerseys to be sold by the end of the current season. On this, next to the name Özil, the number 67 will be seen. The number stands for the Zonguldak province on the Black Sea. From there, Özil’s parents emigrated to Germany.

Mixed feelings in England

Özil addressed the fans of the London Gunners on Sunday with emotional words. “It may be the end of a chapter, but my connection with this great club will never fade,” wrote the offensive player. It is “no goodbye forever” after “almost 3000 days” with the Londoners. “I will be a gunner all my life – no doubt”, wrote Özil, who had also left the German national team shortly after the 2018 World Cup and 92 international matches, albeit with a fire letter via Twitter. In the meantime, his relationship with the German Football Association seems to be improving a little.

Arsenal FC said goodbye to Özil with nice words. “Mesut’s services to Arsenal are undisputed,” Mikel Arteta was quoted on the club’s website. The Gunners coach had not nominated Özil for the Premier League and the Europa League this season and was criticized by Özil for it.

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“Mesut has been at the heart of many great moments for this club over the years, including three cup wins,” said Arteta. However, when he won the FA Cup for the third time, Özil was no longer there. Because he no longer planned with the midfielder, Arteta had granted him early leave.

The English media had adopted Özil less friendly. Polemically, the “Times” recently settled with the former Schalke player, who was brought from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 for around 50 million euros. “In recent years he has only shown energy when it came to supporting his buddy Recep Tayyip Erdogan,” it said. Turkish President Erdogan is also a fan of Fenerbahce – but his favorite club is Basaksehir Istanbul.

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Atzen and her aunt Hertha (neue-deutschland.de)

When football fans demonstrate, it’s rarely about moving humanity forward. Anyone who happened to be rotting the day with the family or with themselves near the Olympic Stadium last Saturday felt the rage of the East German Hertha fans. The station RBB counted 250 mostly male copies of this genre, who denounced the big Hertha mess with banners and announcements directly from the fan body.

What happened then, worried fellow citizens who frequented the parking lot in front of the Olympic Stadium in search of local recreation and thought the collection of sullen-looking bellies at first for a group of scattered corona rioters.

The Herthafans waved the utensils they brought with them and ignored the crowd of uninitiated people looking for recreation. Yeah, what happened? Was it possible that Hoch Horst was driven from the Sahara to Poland by the hot wind? What is it about when 250 family fathers gather to denounce in a desolate parking lot with drizzle?

If you, as a system-relevant and medieval journalist with a blue cap, wove yourself inconspicuously and sullenly into the pack, you got words like Prinz Preetz and standing violinist Gegenbauer. There was a whisper of clique economy, and Frankzanderresque opposition spirit enveloped everything. Hertha BSC is as much a part of Berlin as the currywurst, which was once made from scruffy butchery leftovers. I naively asked: What is traditionally great about Hertha? Hertha BSC was founded between Prenzlauer Berg and Wedding, by some club. Others said, no, von’ner Atze.

Great visions, galactic goals, those are Hertha’s trademark, if you can trust the melodious trumpet signals from the Nazi building in Charlottenburg. Or is it, in the end, only lacquered horns from the half-silk gills of football grave diggers that offend the ear of the city of Berlin?

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I interjected: Basically, it’s nice when a woman plays a role in the brazen football fuss. Aunt Hertha sounds better than Uncle Adolf, doesn’t it? Now some of the worried Hertha fans looked irritated, whose drive to appear for this boost was only their apolitical, Hertha-related concern. They didn’t want to argue about or with women, they would have that at home between 6 and 9:30 p.m. every day.

As a fellow Berliner, you almost feel sorry for the “Big City Club” from the western part of the city. In the further course a not inconsiderable part of the middle-aged attendees turned out to be Prussians (that’s what they called themselves) or East Berliners. Well, I thought to myself. There can be no West Germans in East Germany, at most only visiting. All of Berlin’s anti-social Ossis sleep under bridges or in the station mission (a little lousy Sonneborn joke that refers to an insulting song from the repertoire of every fan curve, which has now become slightly out of fashion, except in Saxony).

Hertha BSC leads the existence of an unrecognized to unknown genius in its own city. The old Berliners are busy eating currywurst and munching. The newcomers, with the exception of those from Brandenburg (called Prussia in fan jargon), don’t know what Hertha BSC is. The new Berliners all think Eisern Union is great, because you can be out there in Santa Claus color. In general, everything at Union is so authentic. Perhaps one should send the Köpenick Brigade to the front gardens for them.


Chinese President warns of risks of “new cold war”

Sin never naming the United States, Xi presented himself as the great defender of the multilateralism and globalization, as he had done at the same forum four years ago, shortly after Donald Trump arrived at the White House.

Today, less than a week after Joe Biden have taken office as President of the USA, the Chinese President seems to have wanted warnyou from the risks of continuing a policy of confrontation between the two countries, namely in area commercial and technological.

Donald Trum and Xi Jinping started a tough trade war, which still remains, and Joe Biden he promised to maintain a course of limitations to Beijing’s expansionist ambitions, namely with the creation of a league of democratic countries to face the Chinese plans.

In the message addressed to the World Economic Forum, the President of China issued warnings against this strategy of creating blocks.

“Building clans or starting a new cold war, rejecting, threatening or intimidating others, imposing dissociation, interrupting supply chains or imposing sanctions in order to cause isolation will only push the world into division and even confrontation,” he warned. Xi Jinping.

“The confrontation will only lead us to a dead end,” concluded the Chinese leader.

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Hertha BSC: The future has to wait – sport

If you want to get an idea of ​​what kind of era ended on Sunday, you have to jump back to the last century. More precisely: in July 1996, when Michael Preetz was still wearing shorts and the Wattenscheid 09 jersey.

Wattenscheid was already relegated from the second division and visited Hertha on the last match day. The fact that the Berliners saved themselves back then and did not have to accompany the Wattenscheider into the third class remained forever associated with Preetz. Shortly before the end, Preetz gave Wattenscheid a so-called one hundred percent chance to score. And a little later, see, signed an employment contract with Hertha.

Michael Preetz, 53 today, has never left Hertha again. After his career as a player he first became an apprentice with the former manager Dieter Hoeneß, and in 2009 he inherited him. The separation took place on Sunday after almost a quarter of a century on the Olympic site. Or, from a different perspective: a good one and a half years after investor Lars Windhorst joined the company, who wants to see Hertha BSC transformed into a “Big City Club”.

Windhorst has put almost 300 million euros into the club, but this has not yet resulted in success. As a well-done capital city project, Hertha could belong to the future, everyone agrees – but the reality is: The club is, like a year ago, in a relegation battle. Coach Bruno Labbadia had to leave because he was unable to improve the team. Preetz was fired because he had put together a squad that had structural deficiencies. For years, President Werner Gegenbauer had been able to hold a protective hand over Preetz; At the last general meeting it became clear that his support in the club had also eroded, Gegenbauer was just re-elected. And then there is the investor in the background.

In his view, Hertha has lost more than a year and a half – and sunk money. It doesn’t look much better in perspective. Provided that Hertha holds the class: Before the goal of the Big City Club can be achieved, at least one more season is in the country. There are even future projects of the EU Commission that will be implemented in shorter periods of time.

Who will lead Hertha’s fate is open. Last year, Ralf Rangnick was ensnared by Jürgen Klinsmann, the talks petered out, apparently also because of the now shot Preetz. Rangnick’s solution would probably be appreciated by the investor even now, and it would have the charm that it would embody a holistic concept that would offer a perspective in the light of Rangnick’s development work in Hoffenheim and Leipzig.

Only: In the meantime, Rangnick has established himself internationally as the mastermind of the new German (coach) football miracle that it would be a miracle if he wanted to core Hertha of all people. Rangnick has been ensnared by AC Milan and Roma, at Chelsea he is a possible candidate alongside Thomas Tuchel if the coaching position becomes vacant, his name is also traded beyond the Pyrenees. And then it has still not been said whether the DFB will have to look around for a new coach, team manager and academy director after the EM. That sounds definitely more interesting than the now inevitable complete reform of Hertha.


“Someone left a door open”. Roomba seen vacuuming Barcelona street

Um vacuum cleaner Roomba he managed to ‘escape’ from the store he belonged to and was ‘caught’ on video cleaning one of the streets in the city of Barcelona, ​​Spain. The images were captured and posted on Twitter and have already gone viral.

Oriol Canosa, writer, saw the scene while walking in the neighborhood Verneda on the Pau. O household appliance left the establishment and started his service on the street: “Someone left a door open …”, he commented on Twitter.

After watching the “fantastic scene for a few minutes”, the writer and bookseller said, in the same publication, that a girl “ran out of a store” and picked up the vacuum cleaner.

“The street was clean enough,” he quipped. Oriol.

See the images of the moment in the gallery above.

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