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Source: DOSB Sport as a bridge: In the German-Israeli friendship this has succeeded in recent years. The attack on the exhibition of Jewish sports stars therefore hits the whole of SPORTDEUTSCHLAND.

“Between success and persecution – Jewish stars in German sport up to 1933 and after” is the title of a traveling exhibition that focuses on 17 outstanding German-Jewish athletes, all of whom were national players, world and European champions, Olympic champions and record holders . On the night of November 9-10, 2020, she was the target of an attack in Bochum that caused widespread outrage from the Conference of Sports Ministers to the DOSB. The life-size Plexiglas figures of the athlete Lilli Hennoch and the gymnastics champions Alfred and Gustav Felix were unknown Flatow destroyed on the anniversary of the Reichspogromnacht 1938. In the weeks before, the figure of Walther Bensemann was damaged and the stele of the Flatow brothers was smeared with anti-Semitic slogans: “This cowardly act affects all of SPORTDEUTSCHLAND. We condemn the underhand attacks on the important memory of our sports comrades Lilli Hennoch, Alfred and Gustav Felix Flatow and Walther Bensemann in the strongest possible terms. At the same time we stand in solidarity with our member associations DFB and Makkabi Germany and all those who are actively committed to the values ​​of sport, “declared DOSB President Hörmann after the attack. Sport as a pioneer and bridge builder – that is in German post-war history undoubtedly a chapter that he has followed with perseverance and great seriousness. Many social and political barriers have been overcome on the basis of the encounter, especially among young people. The spectrum ranges from European neighbors to distant partners on other continents. And also for the most difficult and sensitive rapprochement after the Second World War, the German-Israeli understanding and the reconciliation with people of the Jewish faith, sport set the course. The careful establishment of contact between Israel and Germany on a sporting level began early on. As a denominational sports association, Makkabi has become an integral part of German sport, and tens of thousands of young athletes have done a lot for German-Israeli friendship over the past seventy years. It is fair to speak of sport as a bridge. A bridge that even withstood the tragic events of the 1972 Olympic Games. Shaking them would crack one of the foundations of German sport. The outrage of German sport over the attacks in Bochum can therefore not be presented loud enough. At the same time, associations and municipalities should feel encouraged to look at the traveling exhibition “Between Success and Persecution – Jewish Stars in German Sport up to 1933 and after” even more To show interest and to make it known all over Germany (Author: Stefan Volknant)

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