WJC unveils dual initiatives to combat antisemitism ahead EURO 2024. WJC

The World Jewish Congress and the German NGO WhatMatters have introduced pioneering initiatives aiming to harness the power of sports in the battle against antisemitism while also honouring the memory of the Holocaust on the occasion of Euro 2024 in Germany.

Forming integral components of the World Jewish Congress's (WJC) comprehensive Together Through Sport programming, these efforts harness the universal language of sports to serve as a multifaceted tool for education, remembrance, and inspiration.

The "Football and Memory" initiative aims to intertwine Euro 2024 participants with the history of the Holocaust, developed in collaboration with the German Football Association's (DFB) Cultural Foundation.

DFB President Bernd Neuedorf said: "During Euro 2024, we will commemorate the time of national socialism and the many victims of German crimes.

"I would particularly like to thank the many memorial and remembrance locations involved for their commitment. Together, we can help to ensure that the Euro 2024 tournament will have a special impact on society," concluded Neuedorf.

Through visits to local memorials and former concentration camps, participants will engage in special programming that underscores the intrinsic link between sports, history, and remembrance. There is also a dedicated website that will serve as a resource, connecting visitors with host cities housing these significant memorials and museums, both before and during the tournament.

"Sports. Crowds. Power." Is the name of the dynamic public exhibit that WJC has organised from 23 May until the end of July. It is located adjacent to Berlin's Olympic Stadium, which is set to host the finals of Euro 2024 and is situated on the grounds of the 1936 Summer Olympics.

This historically significant site provides insight into the era when the Nazis held power, offering visitors the opportunity to observe the context surrounding the event.

The exhibit serves to understand how the Nazis exploited sports to consolidate power and shed light on the Holocaust's impact on European Jewish athletes. It also explores sports' modern role in combating antisemitism.

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder said: "In the shadow of history, sport represents not just a field of play but a vital arena for memory, education, and the fight against antisemitism. Through initiatives such as 'Football and Memory' and 'Sports. Crowds. Power', we are able to harness the universal language of sports to both remember the past and build a future free of hatred.

"These programmes not only underscore our belief in the power of sports to unite and educate; they remind us that the lessons of history are as relevant on the playing field as they are in the classrooms and memorials around the world," concluded Lauder.