Walter Bensemann (1873-1934), football activist and founder of clubs which later became Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayern Munchen. British Jews love football. They are twice as likely to go to a match as the general population. They not only watch it, they play it and have their own amateur leagues. They write about it as journalists, analyse it as broadcasters, obsess over it as fans, and, yes, some even play it professionally too. Four Four Jew is a major new exhibition by the Jewish Museum London which will explore the untold story of Jews and the beautiful game, from the Sunday league to the Premier League. Bringing together rare memorabilia, archive footage and newly commissioned film, it will re-imagine football as a surrogate religion whose passion and tribal spirit have played an important role in shaping British Jewish identity, from the turn of the century to the present day. Debunking the widely held belief that 'Jews don't play football', the exhibition will offer a unique insight into the involvement and impact of Jewish people in British football - as players, managers and fans, and as chairmen whose impact on football can be felt on a global scale. Through the stories of Wingate in the 1940s to Kick it Out in the present day, it will also examine the important contribution football has made, and continues to make, in offering a bridge across cultural divisions to combat racism and prejudice.
Jewish Museum London
Raymond Burton House, 129-131 Albert Street, Camden, London, NW1 7NB
01 Oct 2013 - 30 Apr 2014 Mon - Thu, Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Fri 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM; 26 Dec 2013, Boxing Day 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM; 21 Apr 2014, Easter Monday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Closed 28 Nov - 05 Dec 2013, 16 Jan 2014, 16 Mar 2014, 15 - 22 Apr 2014