Visit of the President of the German Football Association (DFB)
On December 11, 2012, a delegation of the German Soccer Association –DFB – headed by its president Mr. Wolfgang Niersbach with Mr. Hermann Korfmacher (1st vice president - amateurs) and Dr. Hans-Dieter Drewitz (vice president - youth) and Dr. Rainer Koch (vice president - legal affairs) arrived in Beit Theresienstadt. The spokesman of Makkabi Germany, Mr. Peter Guttmann and other guests were also part of the delegation. The manager of Beit Theresienstadt, Mr. Oded Breda explained the project “Terezin League” which encompasses exhibitions, educational programs, memorial tournaments and a documentary film – all produced by Beth Theresienstadt. The delegation met with one of the last living players from the Terezin League, Mr. Peter Erben who was shown playing in the Nazi propaganda film shot in the ghetto; they also met Mr. Zvi Cohen who at the age of 15 was in the audience of the soccer game in the ghetto. Both talked – in German – about life in Theresienstadt. The members of the delegation said that the visit was very moving and the German association gave the museum a donation in appreciation of Beit Theresienstadt’s activities for Holocaust commemoration. Oded Breda thanked the president of DFB for their support of Beit Theresienstadt and pointed out that the change in German soccer regarding tolerance and multi-culture is remarkable and evident; the German national team as well as various German clubs has many Israeli fans.
This was the second visit of a DFB delegation, initiated by Mr. Roy Rajber, special adviser to the president of the DFB. For next year a further visit is planned.
The delegation is also visiting – together with a German youth team (up to age 18) – “Yad Vashem” in Jerusalem, realizing the DFB’s decision to teach soccer players who represent Germany about the Holocaust.
Beit Theresienstadt gave the delegation of the DFB a copy of the film “Terezin League” , in German. The film will be premiered in January 2013.