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Borussia unites – BVB combats antisemitism

February 12, 2020

Borussia unites – working together
to combat racism Halina Birenbaum is visiting a football
stadium for the first time in her life – a brand new experience
for the 90-year-old. But her reason for coming to Dortmund
is different from most people: born in Poland, she survived the Holocaust
– unlike 6 million other Jews. In her talks, she aims to bring
these victims’ stories to life, so that the horrors of the past
are never forgotten. I hardly recognise the word Treblinka,
but I knew Auschwitz. When we were in the Warsaw Ghetto, we knew there
was a place that was the worst place on earth. No-one remained, not even a name. I wrote in my book that I had a friend in Auschwitz who
was 16, and she was selected to be taken away. We were good friends, but when I wrote the book
20 years later, I couldn’t remember her name. I was sitting with her, and then she
was taken to the crematorium. She did not survive, but
her soul lives on. If I had suffered the same fate as her,
would anyone have known our story? 27 January is the anniversary
of the liberation of the German concentration and
extermination camp at Auschwitz, the day when the world says
“Never forget”. It’s also an important date in the
Borussia Dortmund calendar: for ten years, the club has organised events
to remember the crimes of the Nazis. This year over 500 people came, and they listened
enrapt by what this witness had to say. I am very pleased that so many people
want to know about what happened, 75 years after Auschwitz
was liberated. There wasn’t as much interest previously, but now
more and more young people, a new generation, want to know about what happened
a long time before they were born. This year marks the 75th anniversary
of the camp’s liberation, and BVB representatives attended the main
commemoration ceremony in Oświęcim. Those invited included Holocaust survivors,
over 50 heads of state and government, memorial centre partners, and Borussia Dortmund
– the only sports club in attendance. BVB has 12 years of campaigning
against discrimination behind it, and I think it has made a big
statement to society. We are friends of Yad Vashem, and over the
years we have also established a partnership with the museum at Auschwitz and
with the Youth Meeting Center. This is something the club
considers hugely important. The club does more than simply pay lip service
to the partnerships with these institutes: this occasion also included a visit
to the Youth Meeting Center and to Monowitz, a subcamp of the
overall Auschwitz camp complex. A number of deportees from Dortmund were brought here
for forced labour, and here BVB paid its respects. A few days before, a delegation from Dortmund
took part in the World Holocaust Forum, which commemorated both the Nazi
regime’s victims and the survivors. Speeches were given by leaders of the victorious Allied
powers and by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Israel, Poland, and a brief detour via Germany
for the Bundesliga game against FC Köln – Hans-Joachim Watzke has done
a lot of travelling recently. It’s a packed schedule, but
he’s very glad to do it. When you’ve experienced this here, when you’ve
experienced Auschwitz, Monowitz, Birkenau, you realise how lucky we are. When you’re confronted with how people suffered
here, which you still get a sense of today, it should leave us in no doubt how extremely privileged
we are, and that our lives aren’t so hard. The Black & Yellows have millions
of fans around the world. BVB wants to use this popularity to emphasise that Borussia
Dortmund has long been more than just a football club. It also has a key role to play socially, and
it has a responsibility towards society. That includes combating antisemitism. We have to be alert when it comes to
antisemitism and other forms of racism. This was the right time to make
that clear, to say “Stop!”, to show that there is no place for racism for anyone
who wants to be part of Borussia Dortmund. We have to fight for our democratic society – and we must
exclude anyone who doesn’t want to be part of that. BVB is making clear that this is a long-term
commitment across all levels of the club: staff, fans, sponsors, the Supporters
Association and the Fan Project are all included and have demonstrated
their commitment to this cause. The close relationship with the network of expert
partners also benefits the club in various projects. As well as focusing on tackling antisemitism,
as we have done in the last year, it’s very important to respond to other
issues relating to discrimination, whether it’s racism in general, positioning ourselves
and acting against homophobia, and taking a broad approach |
to combating sexism. This is very important for us, and it fits
under the “Borussia unites” banner. With more than 1 million visitors a year, Yad Vashem is one
of the world’s most important Holocaust memorial sites. BVB is helping to fund the
construction of a new building, which will be known as the Collections Center
and will be at the heart of the site. The idea is that around 1,000 objects
in the collection can be displayed, so that they can be used to tell the individual
stories of people who experienced the Holocaust. This will be integrated into the Yad Vashem site, and
it will be great that these moving stories can be told. Borussia Dortmund is making a key
contribution to these plans: 1 million euros, which is the biggest
donation the club has ever made. It’s a lot of money, but it is a step
that BVB wanted to take. In the Yad Vashem memorial site, we have
chosen an important project for the long term, because as the survivors die out, the problem
of remembering what happened will grow. Forgetting what happened is the biggest
danger, so working together to prevent it by taking a clear stand and
donating a large sum of money is both an obligation for Borussia Dortmund and
a sign that we take our responsibilities seriously. Early May 2019, around Israel’s
Holocaust Memorial Day. A Black & Yellow delegation travelled to Israel
to remember the Jews who were murdered. The representatives from Dortmund took part in the ground-
breaking ceremony for the Collections Center, and used the visit to discover
more of the memorial site. With imposing architecture, state-of-the-art
technology and a wealth of primary sources, Yad Vashem leaves
a lasting impression. It’s hugely impressive, and it’s sobering
to see the individual stories. But it’s also placed in the
larger historical context, with lots of sections documenting
the rise of the Nazis, for instance. It also talks a lot about the
failures of other countries. But the main difference is the last section of
Yad Vashem, which focuses on the future. The pride of the survivors, that
they have families today, and that with their families they have created
something new – I find that very heartening. “Every Holocaust survivor is a miracle” –
a message that Yad Vashem has taken to heart. Witnesses play an important
role in the memorial site, as they build the bridges between the crimes
of the past and the hope for a better future. If you imagine living for all those years with
the terrifying fear of being discovered, and then when you’re discovered to be
treated in such a degrading way… These people went through so
much, they suffered so much, but ultimately the survivors have managed
to leave that part of their lives behind, they’ve looked towards the future, and
they’ve kept their faith in humanity. There are no words for that. Yad Vashem nestles in Mount Herzl,
5 kilometres west of Jerusalem, a vibrant city with a history going
back over 7,000 years. Israel’s capital city is a holy place for
Jews, Christians and Muslims. It’s amazing. I’m a practising
Catholic, as people know, and when as a kid, a teenager and then as an adult you
take part in the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, it gives you a sense of
belonging and calm. So that was one of the most impressive journeys I’ve
ever been on, perhaps even the most impressive. And then, in the heart of the
Old Town, eager faces. Flags, scarves, shirts – this bar was completely
decked out in Black & Yellow. The Israeli Borussia Dortmund fan club organised
a meeting with the people in charge of the club, and over 100 fans came
to see the BVB boss. It was great – it was really cool to
do that on a trip like this. You can see how passionate
these people are, and that they’re proud of their club because
of our involvement with Yad Vashem. Then, on the other hand, they quickly started asking
“When will we be German champions?” Striving for sporting success, and embracing
the club’s responsibility towards society: two worlds that BVB
combines impressively. “Borussia unites” – generations,
men and women, all nations. And the Black & Yellows will continue to make
this motto their number one priority in future.

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  • Reply m. l. February 9, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    Stark 🖤💛💪🏼

  • Reply LuckyGurke February 9, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    Erster kommi

  • Reply Big Brother February 9, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    Nur der BVB 💪

  • Reply MooXI XI February 9, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    Einfach Krass 💪💪🖤💛🖤💛 Das ist echte Liebe 🖤💛🖤💛

  • Reply Florian Monay February 9, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    Zusammen für Gleichberechtigung
    #TeamJordan 🖤💛

  • Reply bvb 09 February 9, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    Wer dieses Video disliket ist herzlos !🖤💛

  • Reply Ovat Erol February 9, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    💚🖤 heya bvb echte liebe

  • Reply mmm2137 February 9, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    Can you unite now to combat against Akanji in first squad?

  • Reply Karl Fawcett February 9, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    watch europa the last battle

  • Reply Danny Selva Art February 9, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    Starke Aktion! NIE wieder Antisemitismus!

  • Reply Consteple Lautermachen February 9, 2020 at 12:11 pm


  • Reply Valex 90 February 9, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    Wieso nicht einmal was sagen gegn die Russland hetze? Antisemitismus war einmal, jetzt und damals ist Antislavismus immer noch da.

  • Reply Hannah February 9, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    ich liebe diesen Verein.

  • Reply Craftamey February 9, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    “Ihr seid nicht verantwortlich für das, was geschah. Aber dass es nicht wieder geschieht, dafür schon.“
    ~Max Mannheimer

  • Reply banger 4life February 9, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    Watzke so ein guter Mensch 💛

  • Reply Filip C February 9, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    Borussia Verbindet 💛

  • Reply Cubitron 2 February 9, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    We in Germany we say,,Ehrenfrau.‘‘
    Stellt euch vor, wir wären Juden und wären dabei gewesen. einfach nur schrecklich… Nie mehr so etwas!!!

  • Reply Black Skull February 9, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    Sehr schön Video! Danke BvB ❤

  • Reply I. moha February 9, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    DANKE BVB!!! 💛🖤

  • Reply Bullaugenarzt February 9, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    Wie kann man bei dem Video nur einen Daumen nach unten geben?

  • Reply schnittteisen February 9, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    wie kann es antisemitismus geben, wenn es keinen semitismus gibt?

  • Reply Cubitron 2 February 9, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    12:56 so süüüüüsssss😍😍😍🖤💛

  • Reply bvbmanuelbvb February 9, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    Favre und Akanji raus! wär ich Millionär hätte ich die abfindung für die beiden aus eigener Tasche bezahlt.

  • Reply Marin Grabovac February 9, 2020 at 12:41 pm

    Da merkt man wieder, dass der BVB mehr als ein Fußballverein ist🖤💛

  • Reply Gamer Sancho February 9, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    Wichtiges Video Heja BVB!

  • Reply Jean Jacques Rousseau February 9, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    Leider gibt es immer mal wieder Rassismus und Nazis im Stadion, ist ja auch kein Wunder bei über 80.000 Plätzen, die Stadt Dortmund hat definitiv gewissermaßen ein Naziproblem "Nazikiez". Wenn wir mitbekommen wie irgendwelche Arschlöcher andere auf Grund ihrer Herkunft, Hautfarbe, Religion (…) im Stadion beleidigen, müssen wir zusammen dazwischengehen. Auf keinen Fall darf es jemals zu vergleichbaren Szenen wie etwa in Chemnitz in Dortmund kommen.

    Fußball verbindet.

  • Reply Mike DO February 9, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    @Borussia Dortmund kann man den Borussia verbindet Schal irgendwo bekommen?

  • Reply Theodorus Babelon February 9, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    I am Jewish from Russia. And I am for BVB!!!

  • Reply blokkka9inety2 February 9, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    Meinen größten Respekt an alle die den Antisemitismus damals miterlebt haben, aber was ist mit PALÄSTINA heute???!??!?!?!? Netanjahu hat uns ja echt an den Eiern….

  • Reply Smooky To February 9, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    Google Albert Pike XD dann wisst ihr bescheid 🙂 küsschen aufs nüsschen ihr deppen

  • Reply Ruhrgirl February 9, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    Nie wieder!

  • Reply Tobias Lauruschkat February 9, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    Jede Nation auf der Welt sollte das recht besitzen, seine nationale Identität zu bewahren und für sich selbst zu entscheiden.

  • Reply Feuersternmc February 9, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    Gegen Rechtsextreme Hetze✊ Für eine geeinte Welt ohne Leid👍 Wir sind nicht dafür verantwortlich, was geschehen ist, aber dafür, das so etwas hier nie wieder passiert!

  • Reply Rcking23 February 9, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    Politik hat im Fußball nichts zu suchen

  • Reply Mox Mox February 9, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    Gutes Video! Antisemitismus hat im Fußball und auch sonst keinen Platz. Wir als junge Generation müssen verhindern das so ein Holocaust nie wieder passiert und auch sonst kein Krieg entsteht hier in Europa. Reicht schon, das im Nahen Osten Krieg herrscht und in Afrika. Bestes Beispiel der Rassismus Vorfall im DFB Pokal Spiel Schalke-Hertha BSC gegen Jordan Torunarigha von ein paar Schalker Fans. Ist egal, welcher Fußballverein, jeder Fußball Verein sollte sein bestes geben, solche Vorfälle zu verhindern und solche ,,Fans" des Clubs rauszuschmeißen und ein Stadionverbot für mehrere Jahre zu geben.

  • Reply 09thomas09 February 9, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    Ich bin stolz Borusse zu sein. Echte Liebe!

  • Reply J. g February 9, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    Das Video muss mehr als 1909 Likes bekommen

  • Reply Linus Gertz February 9, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    BVB ist der beste und coolste Verein der Welt 🖤💛🖤💛🖤💛

  • Reply Felo 237 February 9, 2020 at 2:38 pm

    Borussia Dortmund = Alle für einen 🖤💛

  • Reply Christopher Gartner February 9, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    Gegen Rechtsextremismus und Antisemitismus, Christfeindlichkeit und Islamfeindlichkeit.
    Alles unnötig.

  • Reply DomGaming TV February 9, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    Wie kann man so ein Video disliken?

  • Reply CaliphaGaming February 9, 2020 at 2:57 pm

    Wow wie lächerlich

  • Reply Wellington Jucá February 9, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    Zagadu é Horrível! Akanj é Horrível!

  • Reply Oschie Linski February 9, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    Wie kann sich ein Fußballverein derartig instrumentalisieren lassen?

  • Reply hoppi 84 February 9, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    Absolut richtig und wichtig. Und bitte nicht die Augen vor dem muslimischen Rechtsextremismus verschließen, hier droht unseren jüdischen Mitbürgern ebenfalls größtes Ungemach.

  • Reply FC BAYERN ALLIANZ ARENA February 9, 2020 at 3:20 pm


  • Reply Effzet S February 9, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    Könnt ihr mal einen Song machen die Bayern haben schon einen also müssen wir auch mal einen haben😉(also einen neuen)
    Likt das wenn ihr auch dafür seit
    PS:Starkes Video💛🖤

  • Reply F M February 9, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    lovely…now how about Dortmund unite to stop allowing 2.3 goals per game? Unite to stop hiring 2nd tier coaches, unite to grow a spine and defend a lead…..

  • Reply schwalbera February 9, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    Beeindruckende Dokumentation. Danke für das Engagement.

  • Reply Jonas Z February 9, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    Es erfüllt mich mit Stolz Fan eines Vereins zu sein, der seine Rolle in der Gesellschaft ernst nimmt und sich gegen Diskriminierung, Hetze und Geschichtsvergessenheit einsetzt. Seit Anfang der 2000er gibt es einige gute Entwicklungen beim BVB und es liegt auch an uns Fans diese Entwicklungen voranzutreiben. Weiter so!

  • Reply twister pua February 9, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    Wie ist es möglich, dass man so einem Video einen Dislike gibt? Ekelhaft.

  • Reply jonznuff February 9, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    Semite   ——> 1.relating to or denoting a family of languages that includes Hebrew, Arabic, and Aramaic and certain ancient languages such as Phoenician and Akkadian, constituting the main subgroup of the Afro-Asiatic family.
    2. > relating to the peoples who speak Semitic languages, especially Hebrew and Arabic.

  • Reply Flemming Begemann February 9, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    Verhältnissmäßig viele Dislikes. Läuft einiges falsch in Deutschland, besonders in deutschsprachigen Kommentarsektionen der sozialen Medien.

  • Reply Max Brusche February 9, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    Stark, richtig stark👍🙏

  • Reply moppeldoral February 9, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    Sehr bewegend. Danke für euer Engagement! <3

  • Reply Marjan K February 9, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    BVB Ole 🖤💛🖤💛💛🖤💛🖤

  • Reply SCHEISS BVB February 9, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    BVB 💛💛

  • Reply Batel buznach February 9, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    תודה לך בורוסיה!
    אוהבים אתכם גם בישראל. 💛 🖤
    Thank you borussia!
    We also love you here in Israel.

    Always BvB!!!!

  • Reply Linke Socke February 9, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    Ich bin so stolz auf unseren Verein! 💛 #BorussiaVerbindet

  • Reply Rotem Meidan February 9, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    Im from Israel and I love Borusia dortmund💛🖤💛🖤💛🖤

  • Reply Fynn mit I February 9, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    Die gute Frau hat bei uns am 28.01. einen Vortrag gehalten, war sehr informativ und klasse, dass sie sich für so etwas noch die Zeit nimmt

  • Reply Colin 1010 February 9, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    Und die Schalker zeigen uns genau das gegenteil

  • Reply Kommando 09 February 9, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    Wo ist die Zeit hin wo es wirklich nur mal um den Sport ging und nicht aller 2 Wochen irgendwas im Zeichen von Politik oder sonstigem steht…

  • Reply Abdi Süd February 9, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    Super 🙂

  • Reply Sango bvb February 9, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    Woher kommt überhaupt der Judenhass oder Rassismus?🤦‍♂️ Wir sind alle Menschen! BVB💛🖤

  • Reply lee class February 10, 2020 at 12:39 am


  • Reply Lorena Hessler February 10, 2020 at 6:19 am

    Richtig gute Aktion.

  • Reply BVB Forever February 10, 2020 at 9:09 am

    Tolles Video mit viel Aussagekraft🙈💛

  • Reply Michel Dexit February 10, 2020 at 10:55 am

    Schmeißt Favre die Vollpfeife endlich raus, und kürzt das Gehalt von Reus, was der "leistet" ist ja unterirdisch, der müsste Geld mitbringen!

  • Reply Lukas Kind February 10, 2020 at 11:18 am

    Gute Arbeit Borussia Dortmund 👍🏻

  • Reply Josh February 10, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    Echte Liebe zu den Menschen, nicht nur zum Sport

  • Reply Felix7260 February 11, 2020 at 7:40 am

    Warum sagt niemand etwas gegen das antideutsche Verhalten unserer Politiker?

  • Reply Ryan Baabelss February 11, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    Und das vom bvb wenn ich in die kurve blicke sieht man so manche haltung der fans

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