Appeal by the Provisional Board of the Sports Club “Schild” Organized by the German-Jewish War Veterans’ Association’s Hamburg Chapter, June 1933

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This source is a letter published by the sports club “Schild” run by the Hamburg chapter of the Vaterländischer Bund jüdischer Frontsoldaten e.V. [German-Jewish War Veterans’ Association]. It appeals to all male and female Jewish athletes to join the newly founded sports club “Schild.” Although sports clubs named “Schild” and linked to the Reichsbund jüdischer Frontsoldaten (RjF), the umbrella organization of the Vaterländischer Bund, had been founded as early as 1925, there was no local chapter in Hamburg. Following the introduction of the “Aryan articles” [Arierparagrafen] and the resulting exclusion of Jewish athletes from sports clubs previously open to anyone, the Hamburg chapter of the Bund considered it imperative in June 1933 to establish a sports club. The letter was signed by the club’s provisional board consisting of ten persons. Among them was at least one prominent athlete, boxer Felix Friedemann. The original of the letter is kept at the Staatsarchiv Hamburg (StaHH 522-1_1083 05).
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Appeal by the Provisional Board of the Sports Club “Schild” Organized by the German-Jewish War Veterans’ Association’s Hamburg Chapter, June 1933 (translated by Insa Kummer), edited in: Key Documents of German-Jewish History, <https://dx.doi.org/10.23691/jgo:source-82.en.v1> [May 27, 2017].