On 10th  March 2018 three students from our bilingual History class (Q2) and two of their teachers met with a group of six American High-School students from Belmont Hill Boys’ School near Boston, Massachusetts (USA), and their two teachers, who had just arrived for their one-week trip to Germany.

Together we went on a guided tour of the “Eintracht” museum and stadium. Matthias Thomae, director of the museum, related interesting facts in English about the early history of the soccer club; the students and their teachers took special interest in the history and fate of Jewish players who were expelled or retreated from the club in the wake of the Nazi dictatorship, when all organizations had to fall in line with the ideology of anti-semitism.

The museum, which has just celebrated its 10th anniversary, has lots of valuable documents and fascinating objects and relics on display, all well-arranged along a historical timeline showing the history of the club from the days of its foundation in 1899.

After the tour of the museum our guide took us to the arena where the pitch was just being prepared for the match next Saturday. We were shown the chapel, the changing rooms, the “tunnel”, the “mixed zone”, the press conference room and the VIP lounges. Aspects of sponsorship and fan culture were also touched upon, not to forget the problems of the so-called “ultras” and hooliganism. From the upper circles of the grandstand our American guests were able to admire the Frankfurt skyline.

At the end of the tour pictures were taken in front of the museum and each member of the group received an “Eintracht”-scarf commemorating Max Girgulski (1913-1983), one of the expelled Jewish players.

For lunch we went to a typical Frankfurt restaurant in Sachsenhausen where we could choose from a large variety of local dishes and enjoyed an informal chat. When it was time to say good bye students and teachers exchanged addresses and promised to keep in touch. The group will meet again next Saturday for the match against Mainz 05.

[Lz -3/2018]