Against anti-Semitism in sport: Schalke hilft!

30 January 2023

Against anti-Semitism in sport: Schalke hilft!

On Thursday, 9 February, as part of the initiative “Together against anti-Semitism”, a training course on “Anti-Semitism in sport – and what sports clubs (can) do about it” will take place at the VELTINS Arena. The training series offers teachers of all types of schools appointments for training in dealing with anti-Semitism. FC Schalke 04 is also extensively involved in this area and is pleased to be able to support the project. The club covers the costs of the event and provides the premises in the Königsblauen’s stadium.

In addition to the chairperson of the Society for Christian-Jewish Cooperation, Gerda E.H. Koch, and Malte Bock, consultant in the Westphalia regional office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, FC Schalke 04 will also be represented with discussion participants. Dr. Christine Walther and Thomas Spiegel from the Fans and Sustainability Directorate will use the example of the Knappen to explain what possibilities sports clubs have to set an example against anti-Semitism.

In particular, they will report on the project “Spurensuche – Jüdische Schicksale auf Schalke” (Tracing Jewish Fates at Schalke). The search for traces, which retraces the lives and suffering of Jewish members of the club family, is aimed at schoolchildren, for example, who are to internalise the values of democracy and want to learn about the history of the club and the city of Gelsenkirchen.

The timing of the training could not have been better – it takes place shortly after Remembrance Day in German football, when Holocaust victims are remembered as part of the “#NieWieder” initiative. Under the motto #StehtAuf, the club has campaigned against anti-Semitism in recent years and has always stood up for a football culture without discrimination.


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