German team unveils plaque for Holocaust victims

German soccer team 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 Wednesday, 80

years to the day after Adolf Hitler assumed power in Germany.

In front of about 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, and 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.