Borussia Dortmund's role in the fight against all types of discrimination has become the subject of increasing attention abroad. This was particularly evident just recently, when Israeli television broadcaster Sport 5 invited BVB fan representative Daniel Lörcher to Tel Aviv to conduct a TV interview about the club and its fight against anti-Semitism to mark the country's Holocaust Memorial Day.
Each year on 16 April the Holocaust Memorial Day, or "YomHaShoah" as it is known by the locals, takes place in Israel. The whole country grinds to a halt when the clocks strike 10am as sirens wail for the next two minutes. This year, though, the 10am tradition was also accompanied by a round-table discussion being played on a continuous loop on the seven channels which sports broadcaster Sport 5 owns. The special guest was BVB fan representative Daniel Lörcher, who spoke about anti-Semitism. The show saw great praise lavished on the numerous projects BVB conduct as part of their anti-discrimination work, which Lörcher explained to presenter Avi Meller in detail before speaking about the current fan problems in Germany at equal length. Other guests on the show, which was filmed two days earlier in a suburb of Tel Aviv, included Oded Breda (Beit Theresienstadt Memorial), historian Dr. Eyal Gertman and the first Israeli footballer to ply his trade in Germany, Shmuel Rosenthal, who played for Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Lörcher took advantage of his trip to Israel to make a flying visit to the "BVB Israel Fan Club" in the coastal town of Caesarea, where he conducted several discussions with Chairman Avi Nissimi. It's a location that Borussia Dortmund already know well, having visited the town back in 1991 and 1992 for their obligatory winter training camp. (pf)