Created on 16-12-2015 at 09:08 AM
From now on, the square in front of the Allianz Arena bears the name of Kurt Landauer. The agreement was made at the FC Bayern Erlebniswelt quite a while ago, and before the cup match between FC Bayern and SV Darmstadt the time had come: the Kurt Landauer Platz was inaugurated in commemoration of the honorary FC Bayern president.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (FC Bayern München AG chairman), Karl Hopfner (FC Bayern München eV president), Charlotte Knobloch (president of the Israeli community Munich and Upper Bavaria), Uri Siegel (nephew of Kurt Landauer), Gady Gronich from the Israeli Consulate in Munich and Dr Edmund Stoiber (Bavarian First Minister rtd. and FC Bayern München eV advisory board chairman) performed the ceremony during which the plaque on the esplanade in front of the main entrance was solemnly unveiled.
Rummenigge praises Landauer's cosmopolitan attitude
The private naming of the square by FC Bayern commemorates Kurt Landauer's lifetime achievement. He was club president for 19 years between 1913 and 1951. His love of FC Bayern outlasted two world wars and the holocaust. “For me personally, Kurt Landauer was the first modern president with his cosmopolitan attitude,” said Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, “I'm proud to be chairman of a club that stands for internationality, openness, professionalism and integrity today because Kurt Landauer championed his concept of reconciliation. Therefore I am very pleased that we now have a Kurt Landauer Platz, which is both a commemoration and a call to action.”
A number of exhibits at the FC Bayern Erlebniswelt are dedicated to the former president. It was no coincidence that the agreement to name the square on the esplanade after Landauer was made at the club museum. Charlotte Knobloch had proposed it at an event, and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge immediately welcomed the idea. The result can now be seen in front of the Allianz Arena.