”Taking a stand, taking action” („Haltung zeigen und handeln“) – under this slogan, the “!Never Again” (“!Nie Wieder”) initiative is commemorating the victims of National Socialism on and around January 27, the date of liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp. This is the 19th year in which the DFL and clubs from the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 have been involved in the “day of commemoration in German football”.
“War – never again! Auschwitz – never again!” Ever since 2004, these warnings from concentration-camp survivors have prompted the “!Never Again” initiative to commemorate the victims of National Socialism and tackle anti-Semitism and all forms of discrimination.
The joint goal of all participants in the “day of commemoration in German football” is to contribute to a living culture of remembrance and a respectful, discrimination-free society. The DFL and the clubs in the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 are again supporting the “!Never Again” alliance in this project. Actions are planned in stadiums, at events and online on and around Matchdays 18 and 19 (January 27–29 and February 2–4, 2023).
On this year’s day of commemoration, the “!Never Again” initiative will particularly focus on the women who were persecuted and murdered because of their resistance to National Socialism. The aim is to remember the women who put themselves in danger, for instance through their courageous commitment to persecuted people, as many of their stories have been forgotten.