'08397B Breaking the Ice:' Screening & Conversation with G. Gemeinhardt, A. Klein, U. Baer & H. Aron
Deutsches Haus at NYU presents a screening of 08397B. Breaking the Ice, Goetz Gemeinhardt's documentary about the 1969 trip of the German FC Bayern Hof to Israel to pursue the first match between a German and an Israeli team. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion between Goetz Gemeinhardt, director of the film, Abraham Klein, the Israeli referee who was present at the historic games, Ulrich Baer, University Professor at New York University, and moderated by Hadas Aron, a faculty fellow at the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies at NYU. About the film: 08397B. Breaking the Ice. Directed by Götz Gemeinhardt. Germany, 2009, 34 minutes, in German with English subtitles. In 1969, the first German sports team visited Israel: Bayern Hof FC. The journey was extraordinary not only concerning sports, but also for reasons of conciliation and understanding among the two nations. Forty years later, the documentary movie 08397B traces the way of the players through Israel. The former club president Franz Anders visits venues and meets contemporary witnesses like Mordechai Spiegler who scored Israel's first and only world championship goal in 1970. One year before, he had also scored a goal against Bayern Hof. Abraham Klein was the referee in the first match of the German team in Israel. Klein also whistled the legendary "Schmach von Cordoba" game between Germany and Austria during the world cup in Argentina. Professor Manfred Lämmer, sports historian of the Deutsche Sporthochschule in Cologne explains the political background of the journey. Along with these experts and sports celebrities, five "regular" Israeli and German ex-footballers talk about their memories and emotions.
Venue: Deutsches Haus at NYU
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