NEVER WALK ALONE

Jewish Identities in Sport

Never Walk Alone

NEVER WALK ALONE

Jewish Identities in Sport

Never Walk Alone
Jewish Identities in Sport

Ernst Emanuel Simon left the Berlin Sports Club after experiencing antisemitism as a soldier in World War I and joined the Jewish Bar Kokhba gymnastics and sports association in 1918. While a student of medicine in Würzburg, he became the Berlin-Brandenburg champion over 800 meters in 1919 and the Bavarian champion in 1921. He was co-founder of the Maccabi World Union and emigrated to Palestine in 1924, where he advocated the institutionalization of physical education at schools. He was joint organizer of the first Maccabiah Games in 1932, the first Jewish sporting event in Palestine. In...

Never Walk Alone
Jewish Identities in Sport

Ernst Emanuel Simon left the Berlin Sports Club after experiencing antisemitism as a soldier in World War I and joined the Jewish Bar Kokhba gymnastics and sports association in 1918. While a student of medicine in Würzburg, he became the Berlin-Brandenburg champion over 800 meters in 1919 and the Bavarian champion in 1921. He was co-founder of the Maccabi World Union and emigrated to Palestine in 1924, where he advocated the institutionalization of physical education at schools. He was joint organizer of the first Maccabiah Games in 1932, the first Jewish sporting event in Palestine. In particular, he was a pioneer of sports medicine. The photo of him crossing the finishing line in August 1919 is the picture that kicks off our exhibition “Never Walk Alone. Jewish Identities in Sport.”

On both exhibition levels, sportsmen and women of Jewish extraction as well as fans take up their positions on the sports field. By concentrating on individual biographies, on the one hand, the athletes’ self-perception can be analysed and, on the other hand, attributions from outside brought to light. The time when enthusiasm for sport started to emerge and the richly varied 1920s are addressed as are exclusion and persecution during the Nazi era. Subjects also range from Jewish survivors in Displaced Persons camps after the war to sports played by Germans of Jewish origin as émigrés and athletic achievements which have contributed to furthering local sports over the past few years.

The exhibition title “Never Walk Alone” was inspired by the song “You'll Never Walk Alone,” which was originally composed for the musical “Carousel.” The words by Oscar Hammerstein II and the composer Richard Rodgers, incidentally both of Jewish-American extraction, transport a sense of belonging, motivation, solace, and support for the protagonist. The idea that the singers bring across is, in the meantime, comparable to the situation in the sports arena – and not just for FC Liverpool.

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Duration of exhibition

February 22, 2017 - January 7, 2018

Curator

Jutta Fleckenstein

Assistance

isa-Maria Tillian-Fink and Lilian Harlander

Architecture

chezweitz GmbH, Berlin

Blick in die Ausstellung »Never Walk Alone. Jüdische Identitäten im Sport« © Daniel Schvarcz
Raumansicht Ausstellung »Never Walk Alone. Jüdische Identitäten im Sport« © Daniel Schvarcz
Blick in die Ausstellung »Never Walk Alone. Jüdische Identitäten im Sport« © Franz Kimmel
Vitrine mit Bildern und Auszeichnungen der Brüder Julius und Hermann Baruch in der Ausstellung »Never Walk Alone. Jüdische Identitäten im Sport« © Franz Kimmel
Blick in die Katakomben der Ausstellung »Never Walk Alone. Jüdische Identitäten im Sport« © Daniel Schvarcz
Blick in die Katakomben der Ausstellung »Never Walk Alone. Jüdische Identitäten im Sport« © Daniel Schvarcz
Blick auf die "Fanmeile" in der Ausstellung »Never Walk Alone. Jüdische Identitäten im Sport« © Daniel Schvarcz
Fantribüne und -animation in der Ausstellung »Never Walk Alone. Jüdische Identitäten im Sport« © Daniel Schvarcz
Ein Museum der Landeshauptstadt München