Guided tours during the UEFA EURO 2024

Guided tours on the occasion of the UEFA EURO 2024 matches taking place in Munich

On the occasion of the UEFA EURO 2024 matches taking place in Munich, guided tours on the subject of “Football in Dachau Concentration Camp” will be offered on the grounds of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site in June and July.

One of the first concentration camps was established in Dachau on March 22nd, 1933. Until its liberation by American soldiers on April 29th, 1945, over 200,000 people from all parts of Europe were imprisoned here. At least 41,500 people died in the Dachau concentration camp and its numerous satellite camps. The Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site was opened in 1965 and today has a permanent exhibition commemorating the fate of the prisoners.

In 2003, the “!Nie Wieder“ initiative was launched in Dachau, which has since organized the Remembrance Day in German football and campaigned for a stadium without discrimination. The Education Department of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site has been cooperating with the Bundesliga club FC Augsburg since 2022 and regularly guides youth teams and fan groups through the memorial.

Eine Gruppe des FC Augsburg gemeinsam mit Maximilian Lütgens, Mitarbeiter der Bildungsabteilung der KZ-Gedenkstätte Dachau (Foto: FC Augsburg)

Group of young FC Augsburg teammates together with a member of the Education Department of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site (Photo: Medien-Abteilung FC Augsburg)

About the special tours „Football at Concentration Camp Dachau”

Der hölzerner Fußballpokal von 1944 in der Dauerausstellung der KZ-Gedenkstätte Dachau

The wooden football trophy from 1944 at the main exhibition (Foto: Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial)

In addition to the history of the Dachau concentration camp and the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, the three-hour tours will cover several topics related to football. Just like the rest of society, football clubs in Germany began to undergo massive changes from 1933 onwards – for example, some sports clubs excluded their Jewish members as early as April 1933 in anticipatory obedience. The tour deals with the fate of football players, coaches and club members who were persecuted during the Nazi era and imprisoned in Dachau concentration camp. The tour will focus on personalities such as the Jewish FC Bayern Munich president Kurt Landauer, but also on lesser-known personal fates such as those of the footballers Čestmír Vycpálek and Albert Theis.

In Dachau concentration camp, football matches were also played on the roll call square during some phases of the twelve years of its existence. The tour explains why this was the case and what these games meant for the players and the prisoners. Also on display are original football-related objects – such as a wooden football cup from 1944 – as well as the special exhibition “Kickers, Fighters, Legends – Jews in German Soccer” presented in the discussion room of the Protestant Church of Reconciliation. At the end of the tour, participants can discuss discrimination as well as the anti-discrimination work in German and European football from 1945 to the present day. The current remembrance and anti-discrimination work at the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site will also be presented.

The tours in German and English are offered on-site by the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site in cooperation with the Protestant Church of Reconciliation and the initiative “!NieWieder – Erinnerungstag im deutschen Fußball“ (Never Again – German Football Day of remembrance)

This event takes place as part of Football and Remembrance.

Dates for the Guided Tours in English and German at the same time:

  • Thursday, June 13th, 2024, 14:00 to 17:00
  • Friday, June 14th, 2024, 12:30 to 15:30
  • Saturday, June 15th, 2024, 14:00 to 17:00
  • Sunday, June 16th, 2024, 14:00 to 17:00
  • Wednesday, June 19th, 2024, 14:00 to 17:00
  • Monday, June 24th2024, 14:00 to 17:00
  • Tuesday, June 25th, 2024, 12:30 to 15:30
  • Monday, July 1st, 2024, 14:00 to 17:00
  • Monday, July 8th, 2024, 14:00 to 17:00
  • Tuesday, July 9th, 2024, 12:30 to 15:30

Registration and Costs

Tickets can be purchased on the day of the event at the information desk in the Visitor Center of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site for 4 euros. The number of tickets per tour is limited to 30.

Meeting Point

Visitor Center of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site
Pater-Roth-Str. 2a
85221 Dachau
S2 Bahnhof Dachau / Bus 726 – Bus Stop „KZ-Gedenkstätte Dachau“

Photo in header: Propaganda photograph of prisoners playing soccer in Dachau concentration camp, June 10, 1933 Photographer: Friedrich Franz Bauer, Bundesarchiv Bild 152-03-11 (cropped)