Football fans at the World Cup will travel to a former concentration camp outside of Munich to pay their respects to those who lost their lives during the holocaust tomorrow (23 June 2006).
More than 150 fans from England, Poland and the host nation Germany will travel to Dachau where they will hear from two holocaust survivors and be shown the first concentration camp to be set up by the Nazis, culminating in a wreath laying ceremony.
The initiative has been sponsored by the British based Pears Foundation and organised by the Loewen-Fans gegen Rechts from Munich, LondonEnglandFans, Jewish Sports Organisation, Maccabi GB and the Football Against Racism in Europe network.
Jacek Purski, from Polish FARE partner 'Never Again', commented, “It is extremely positive to see international football fans coming together to recognize and acknowledge the atrocities of the past.”
“It underlines and illustrates the role football can play a role in helping to educate and enhance people's understanding of a very important part of history, and raise awareness of anti- semitism in society and within the game.”
Maccabi GB Chief Executive Martin Berliner said, “This project provides a great platform to reach a large audience, both Jewish and non-Jewish, at one of the biggest sporting events in the world. The slogan, ‘NEVER FORGET, NEVER AGAIN’ is the key to this initiative and credit should go to Mark Perryman of the England Fans for the initial drive to create this initiative.”
Football fans from all over the world have actively been supporting the fight against racism at the World Cup. FARE's 'Football Unites!' initiative has been supported by the World Cup Organising Committee and the German fan project KOS who have helped to distribute thousands of anti- racism fanzines while lending their assistance to the Streetkick tour of Germany.
For further information please contact Leon Mann at Kick It Out / FARE on 0049 151 520 78171
* Media wishing to attend the Dachau trip should contact Mark Perryman from LondonEnglandFans on 07957 416 257
* For further information on FARE please see – www.FAREnet.org
* Maccabi GB is one of the leading Anglo-Jewish charities in Great Britain dedicated to providing both Sporting and Educational Events for able and disabled men and women, but especially children throughout the country.
* The Pears Foundation, who are sponsoring the Dachau visit, is the largest private funder of Holocaust Education in the UK. For further information on their work in the field, see www.pearsfoundation.org.uk
* For further information on the LondonEnglandFans please see – www.londonenglandfans.co.uk/