Registration for the conference of the “Changing the Chants” project on methods and measures to combat antisemitism in football is still possible.

The Changing the Chants conference will take place 31 August and 1 September 2021 in Oświęcim/Poland.

Changing the Chants is a two-year project, supported by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme. It consists of an innovative and international cooperation between the Anne Frank House Amsterdam, Borussia Dortmund, Feyenoord Rotterdam and Fare network. The goal is to deepen the understanding of approaches that football clubs can take to educate fans on antisemitic behavior in the football stands.

The conference will be organised and held in cooperation with our partners from the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and the International Youth Meeting Center in Oświęcim/Poland. We can offer a limited number of places for on-site participation. As a hybrid event, all content is also available online.

Fan activists, club officials and association representatives are invited to participate. We would also address experts in the fields of education, memorials and NGOs, representatives of Jewish institutions and communities, and anyone looking for new ways to expand their work against antisemitism in football.


Tuesday, August 31st, 2021

(Moderation: Dr. Andreas Kahrs, what matters / Changing the Chants)

  • 1:15 pm Welcome and introduction
    • Andrzej Kacorzyk, State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau
    • Joram Verhoeven, Anne Frank House / Changing the Chants
    • Wester Meijdam, European Commission
  • 1:45 pm Key notes:
    • “Antisemitism in Europe since 1945”, Michael Whine, World Jewish Congress
    • “Antisemitism in European football”, Pavel Brunssen, University of Michigan
  • 3:15 pm Coffee break
  • 3:45 pm Panel: “Remembrance and education – the potential impact on society through football and new target groups”
    • Moderator: Jasmin Seijbel, Erasmus University Rotterdam
    • Nataliia Tkachenko, State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau
    • Pavel Klymenko, fare network
    • Daniel Loercher, Borussia Dortmund
  • 5:15 pm End of Conference Day 1

Wednesday, September 01st 2021

(Moderation: Joram Verhoeven, Anne Frank House / Changing the Chants)

  • 10:30 am Presentation of “Sport in Auschwitz“ – Exhibition, Renata Koszyk, Auschwitz Museum
  • 12:00 pm Lunch break
  • 1:15 pm Opening and commemoration of beginning of World War II
    • Andrzej Kacorzyk, State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau
    • Dr. Andreas Kahrs, what matters / Changing the Chants
  • 1:30 pm Lecture “Persecuted Football Players in World War II”
    • Dr. Andreas Kahrs, what matters / Changing the Chants
  • 2:15 pm Presentation Changing the Chants results
    • Willem Wagenaar, Anne Frank House
  • 3:15 pm Coffee break
  • 3:45 pm Workshop “restorative justice”, opportunities and challenges to address antisemitism in football”
    • Chris Gibbons, Anti-Discrimination Consultant
  • 5:00 pm Break
  • 7:30 pm Panel “Education on Jewish Life and Antisemitism – Approaches & Perspectives”
    (Moderation: Daniela Wurbs, KickIn – Inclusion in Football, Germany)

    • Yvette Merzbacher, LivingStones Association (Likrat Moldova)
    • Dr. Aniko Felix, World Jewish Congress, Hungary
    • Jonathan Schoppig, Likrat, Switzerland
    • Maciek Zabierowski, Auschwitz Jewish Center Oświęcim, Poland
  • 9:00 pm Conclusion

Due to the COVID pandemic, the number of participants on site is limited. If the event is oversubscribed, participants will be selected in order to have a mixed and diverse group on site. In the case of on-site participation, travel expenses and the cost of three overnight stays will be covered.

The deadline to register for online participation is August 27th, 2021.

Please note: If you are interested in participating on site, we ask that you arrive on 30 August and return on 2 September. Since places are limited, we would like to make it possible for as many people as possible to participate on site for the entire duration.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Annika Lange: annika[dot]lange[at]bvb[dot]de

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