Swastikas Drawn on Spanish Football Club Headquarters this Weekend
The headquarters of the Unionistas de Salamanca was desecrated with graffiti of a swastika and the phrase: “You are the team of Anne Frank” on the morning of Friday, April 19th.
This was not the first time that Anne Frank has been used to reference the Unionistas CF. In November of 2017, photos of Anne Frank in a Unionistas jersey were found posted in various places around Salamanca.
The photo and name of Anne Frank has been used in recent years as cynical taunt in European soccer rivalries. This month, pictures of Anne Frank in an FC Barcelona jersey were found posted in a stadium ahead of a Spanish La Liga match between Girona FC -Espanyol RCD. Similarly in October of 2017, Lazio fans widely posted photos of Anne Frank in an AS Roma jersey ahead of the annual Lazio-Roma derby.
Using Anne Frank’s name or image as a means of taunting opponents is an unacceptable antisemitic act which should not be minimized.
“It is extremely disconcerting to see that football fans continue to diminish and even ridicule the horrors of the Holocaust” said WJC CEO and Executive Vice President Robert Singer after the incident by Espanyol fans last month. “This is just one of so many examples of ignorant racism, xenophobia and antisemitism proliferating across the sporting world, in need of more than just a one-stop solution.”