Dhe regional league club SC Aleviten Paderborn receives the Julius Hirsch Award 2018 from the German Football Association (DFB). The jury around federation president Reinhard Grindel honors the association from the football and athletics federation Westfalen for the project "ways of the memory", how the DFB communicated on Tuesday. Youth groups of the Paderborn Association had visited concentration camp memorials in Sachsenhausen and Ravensbrück.
"Keeping alive the memory of Nazi terror and Holocaust is an important social task," Grindel said, adding, "I find it especially noteworthy that Alevis are dedicated to the fight against anti-Semitism in our society." Alevis are members of a religious faith that is primarily "The boat is never too full for us," said club president Verani Kartum, with more than two-thirds of its members having a migrant background.
In second place went Hertha BSC for a ride of fans in cooperation with the fan project of the Sports Youth Berlin and the sports school in the Olympic Park in the concentration camp memorial Auschwitz. It sat down with the life story of former club doctor Dr. Herman Horwitz apart. The third prize goes to the fan project Bochum, which after racist incidents had founded the "AG Erinnerungsorte Bochum".
Since 2005, the Julius Hirsch Prize has been awarded annually in the name of the former national player, who learned from the newspaper in 1933 that the South German top clubs had decided to exclude all Jewish members. In 1943 Julius Hirsch was deported to the extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau and murdered there. The prize is awarded to individuals, initiatives and clubs who are active on the football field, as fans in the stadium, in the association and in the society for democracy, human rights and the protection of minorities. The ceremony will take place this year on 18 November in the Football Museum in Dortmund.