Wiesenthal Center Praises the Corinthians Football Club of Brazil Initiative to Commemorate the Pogrom Known as Kristallnacht, the ‘Night of Broken Glass’
November 5, 2019
Through its Twitter account, the Corinthians Football Club of São Paulo, Brazil, announced that as of tomorrow and this week its team will wear a yellow Star of David on their shirts like those the Jews were forced to carry by Nazi Germany.
On the eve of the anniversary of the November 1938 Pogrom, known as Kristallnacht, the official networks of the São Paulo club propose to contain the growth of hatred, racism, and anti-Semitism.
Dr. Ariel Gelblung, Latin American Wiesenthal Center`s Representative said that “this type of campaign deserves support, encouragement and promotion. This is the example for football clubs to generate good practices and unity between peoples, rather than hate and division. Faced with the spread of Holocaust denial, the Corinthians proposes memory. ”
“What began in 1938 with ‘Kauft nicht bei Juden!’ (Do not buy from Jews) was a prelude to the Holocaust. Those voices are repeated today in proposing boycott, divestment, and sanctions. We celebrate the Corinthians initiative and hope that other sports clubs will echo it, ”concluded Dr. Shimon Samuels, Center`s Director for International Relations.
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