FC Bayern and the Bundesliga say: Never again!
On the “Day of remembrance in German football”, linked to International Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January, FC Bayern join with the Bundesliga again this year in saying loud and clear: Never again! From all parts of club, the German record champions with their professional and amateur men's and women's sections call for more tolerance and increased awareness together to combat anti-Semitism, racism and discrimination in all forms. A study on the club’s history during the Nazi period commissioned by FC Bayern was published at the beginning of January. Professor Frank Bajohr from the Institut für Zeitgeschichte (Institute of Contemporary History) praised this step as an "exemplary approach" and "valuable contribution to commemorative culture in Germany."
Herbert Hainer, FC Bayern president: "Only when you comprehensively deal with your past and honestly accept it can you contribute to greater awareness. FC Bayern stands for an active commemorative culture and we will continue to strengthen our approach and our campaigns to continue to raise consciousness among the people."
Oliver Kahn, CEO: "History shows: There were victims, bystanders and perpetrators – including at FC Bayern. We all have to maintain memory of our history as we owe it to all succeeding generations and the victims to ensure that there will be no more bystanders and perpetrators in the future."
Again this year, FC Bayern, this time with CEO Oliver Kahn, is taking part in the campaign #WeRemember launched by the World Jewish Congress (WJC) that calls on people all over the world to post a photo on social networks with the words "We Remember". History must never be repeated.
FC Bayern is also committed through its campaign 'Red against Racism' to organising commemorative visits to Auschwitz as well as workshops and discussion groups on the subjects of "Combating anti-Semitism" and "Tolerance and diversity." To raise awareness in society, the club regularly lights up the Allianz Arena in rainbow colours for pluralism and diversity, in orange for the campaign against violence against women or in purple to highlight the situation for people with disabilities. The subject of inclusion is the focus in this year’s “Day of remembrance in German football.”