February 26, 2024

German soccer team Borussia Dortmund has been honored with the first-ever Award for Outstanding Contributions in Combating Antisemitism in Sports from the 2023 European Mayors Summit Against Antisemitism. The summit, which took place in Dortmund, Germany, was attended by more than 150 mayors, high-level municipal leaders, diplomats, and communal leaders who gathered to address the issue of antisemitism in sports.

Borussia Dortmund was recognized for its ongoing efforts to combat antisemitism, including educating fans, employees, and sponsors about the Holocaust and Auschwitz since 2011. The club has also been proactive in adopting the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism and encouraging other clubs to do the same.

In addition, the club has demonstrated its commitment to supporting Jewish communities by visiting Israel, donating one million Euros to Yad Vashem, and inviting survivors of the October 7 Massacre from Kibbutz Kfar Aza to Dortmund to watch a match.

The award was presented to Sales and Marketing Manager Carsten Cramer, who expressed the club’s sincere dedication to fighting antisemitism. The summit, held under the banner of “Fostering Cultural Diversity,” brought together participants from over 60 cities and 30 countries to address this important issue.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz also voiced his strong support for the Jewish People and Israel, emphasizing Germany’s responsibility to defend and protect Jewish life. Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) CEO Sacha Roytman Dratwa highlighted the significant role that mayors play in combating antisemitism and building long-term city resilience against hatred.