Schalke unveils plaque for Holocaust victims

Schalke has unveiled a plaque outside its stadium with a

ceremony to commemorate nine Jewish members and supporters who

perished in the Holocaust.

Israeli singer Yael Izkovich opened the ceremony on Wednesday,

80 years to the day since Adolf Hitler assumed power in


Before around 200 guests, Schalke financial director Peter

Peters said ”it is our obligation to keep the memories alive.

Schalke did not protect its Jewish members, sponsors, officials and

athletes during the time of National Socialism.”

The ceremony was also attended by Schalke general manager Horst

Heldt, coach Jens Keller, players Benedikt Hoewedes, Julian Draxler

and Christoph Metzelder.

It was concluded by Rabbi Chaim Kornblum with a memorial prayer

for the murdered Jews of Europe and a hymn of mourning.