#NieWieder - Remembrance Day in German football

76th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp | Remembrance day for German football | Our ball is multicoloured

"RB Leipzig stands for diversity and openness, for human dignity and tolerance, for a varied club and fan culture. We stand for the fundamental values of our society every day and have been underlining this for many years with our 'our ball is multi-coloured’ campaign. Therefore, it is natural that we continue to support Remembrance Day in German football again this year. In addition, we signed the Berlin Declaration in August 2019, which stands up for respect and acceptance and also against homophobia in sport. We are a colourful club with first-team and youth players from 20 nations. Everyone is welcome at RB Leipzig – whatever their faith, origin, skin colour or sexual identity."

Ulrich Wolter (Director of Operations RB Leipzig)


27 January 2021 marks the 76th anniversary of the day on which the survivors of the Auschwitz concentration camp were freed from their captivity. In 2004, the day of remembrance was brought to life by the "!NieWieder" (!NeverAgain) initiative.

For many years on this day, German football has commemorated those who were persecuted and murdered by the National Socialists. This year, our thoughts are especially directed towards people who were and are discriminated against because of their sexual orientation.
Discrimination, exclusion and intolerance have no place at RB Leipzig and have no place in football. And that is why say once again quite clearly: !NeverAgain.


!NieWieder - German football's remembrance day


On this important day, RB Leipzig also support the World Jewish Congress (WJC)'s global #WeRemember campaign.


Working definition of anti-Semitism:

For diversity, tolerance, openness to the world - against anti-Semitism! In order to  underline this stance, RB Leipzig has adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)'s working definition of anti-Semitism. This was signed in December by Ulrich Wolter (Director of Operations).

Based on this working definition, we want to actively counter anti-Semitic behaviour and raise awareness of the issue.


The working definiton of anti-Semitism:

•    “Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities."

Dr. Felix Klein - Federal commisioner for the fight against anti-Semitism:

•    "In order to be able to recognise anti-Semitism early and fight it effectively, it is important to educate society on what can be tolerated as an expression of opinion and where the line to anti-Semitism is crossed. In the past, it has been shown that this unfortunately also happens in football. The international working definition of 'anti-Semitism' from the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) provides valuable guidance to assess cases fairly."

#UnserBallistBunt! RB Leipzig stands for tolerance and respect - against racism and xenophobia! A variety of nations are represented in our professional squad. Different languages. One team!
#NieWieder - German football commemorates the victims of National Socialism
RBL fans all over the world - #UnserBallistBunt

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