Hertha BSC, the Holocaust and the responsibility of German football today

20-09-2018, 18:00 Stiftung Neue Synagoge Berlin – Centrum Judaicum

Hertha BSC, the Holocaust and the responsibility of German football today
Berlin-Wilmersdorf, April 2013: Stolperstein in der Nachodstraße 22 /23© Wikipedia; Fußball-Woche, Meisterschaftsendspiel vom 14. Juni 1931 Hertha BSC gegenTSV 1860 München in Köln. Der verletzte Spieler Willy Kirsei wird von Hermann Horwitzvom Platz getragen. Wenige Minuten später schießt Kirsei das siegbringende2:3 für Hertha.© Fußball-Woche; Gedenkfahrt von Hertha- und KSC-Fans nach Auschwitz 2017 © Hertha BSC
  • Date & time
    20-09-2018, 18:00
  • Location
    Stiftung Neue Synagoge Berlin - Centrum Judaicum
  • Guest(s)
    unter anderem mit Walter Frankenstein, Holocaustüberlebender; Andreas Geisel, Senator für Inneres und Sport; Juliane Röleke, Fanbetreuung Hertha BSC; Gerd Liesegang, Berliner Fußballverband BFV
  • Cooperation
    Stiftung Neue Synagoge Berlin, Stiftung Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas

“At the end of our experience, we are far from being!” Hermann Horwitz immediately after winning the championship of his club Hertha BSC 1930 in an article. Horwitz (* 1885 in Prenzlauer Berg) is a military doctor in the First World War and from the season 1923/24 sports doctor with Hertha BSC, which became a German champion with him in 1930 and 1931. His association excludes Horwitz on September 26th, 1938 – 80 years ago. In 1943 he was deported to Auschwitz. In 2016 a fan project explores his fate. German football is still struggling to deal with thetime of nationalsocialism. Also for this is the quote from Dr. Hermann Horwitz as motto of the event.

In memory of Dr. Horwitz organized the fans upport of Hertha BSC and the fan project of the sports youth Berlin last year a memorial journey to Auschwitz – which left with all involved its traces.
At the event, the fan project »Spurensuche« on the fate of Dr. Horwitz and then a discussion on “Hertha BSC, Holocaust and the responsibility of German football today”, among others, with the 94-year-old Berlin Holocaust survivor and Hertha member Walter Frankenstein and Andreas Geisel, Senator for Home Affairs and Sport held. The occasion is September 26th, 1938 – the day on which Hertha BSC celebrated Dr. Horwitz had been excluded as a “non-Aryan”.


Dr. Anja Siegemund, Director of the New Synagogue Foundation Berlin – Centrum Judaicum;
Uwe Neumärker, Director Stiftung Denkmal

Bernd Schiphorst, CEO of the Hertha BSC Foundation

Presentation of the Hertha BSC fan project »Spurensuche«

Walter Frankenstein, Holocaust survivor; Andreas Geisel, Senator for Home Affairs and Sports; Juliane Röleke, Fan Support Hertha BSC; Gerd Liesegang, Berlin Football Association BFV
Moderated by Adam Kerpel-Fronius, Stiftung Denkmal

Registration is requested at veranstaltungen@stiftung-denkmal.de. Please allow enough time for the security check.

Please note: this event will take place in German.

By attending the event, the audience agrees that the photos taken there may be used for publicity purposes.

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