"Clear edge" against right: The Toten Hosen receive DFB honorary prize


The Toten Hosen and right-wing ideas are incompatible. This is clearly shown by songs like "Sascha … an upright German" and appearances at concerts like "Rock gegen Rechts" in Chemnitz. Now, the cult band is awarded the coveted Julius Hirsch Prize of the DFB.
"This has nothing to do with punk!" With this beautiful provocation, singer-colleague Thees Uhlmann sparked a murmur in the hall during his laudation on buddy Campino and the Toten Hosen: "Now you're getting a prize from the DFB!" The Toten Hosen as fans of that association, which is also good for many supporters of the Dusseldorf Alt-Punker to permanent enemy image?


Campino: "We want to help with our presence to focus on this price."

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The entire band had to shake once, when they reached the news, they should get for their commitment to life against racism, anti-Semitism and discrimination, the Julius Hart Award of the DFB, revealed Campino after an emotional award ceremony in Frankfurt. "I do not even have to stand up for it myself for nearly 40 years against the law and we want to help with our presence to focus on this award," said the front man.

The former Jewish national player Julius Hirsch had been murdered in 1943 by the Nazis in the Auschwitz concentration camp. "Because we think it's good that the DFB sees it as its task to show a clear edge against xenophobia, racism and homophobia," added Campino. Since its founding in 1982, the country's most well-known punk band also stands for its political commitment – and for its enthusiasm for football.

Against the radicalization in the network

"This is not about art or football, but about who can contribute," said the confessed Liverpool and Fortuna Dusseldorf fan Campino, whose real name is Andreas Fege, to the new challenge also for the two areas. "What we're seeing right now is a radicalization on the Net, where the real ugly ugly face is presented – these people are extremely well organized and openly showing that they are there," the 57-year-old said his past must be very careful with the topic.

Campino is an avowed Fortuna Dusseldorf fan

Campino is an avowed Fortuna Dusseldorf fan.

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Zvi Cohen, a survivor of the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp, now living in Tel Aviv, was a witness to the past with a moving account of his experiences in the Third Reich. "Right-wing ideology has always existed, and we now see through the Internet how deeply it has penetrated our social consciousness," Campino warned. And in football, in the fan blocks one must continue to fight against fascism in all progress.

Football has responsibility

There are still "too many clubs in which right-winger has the upper hand and tries to push everything else away". And so put the "Toten Hosen" their "band DNA", as the ex-Tomte frontman and St. Pauli fan Uhlmann the political work of Campino and Co. called "like" for the DFB. "Football is the number one sport of the nation, for example, the amateur clubs that play an important social role, namely the integration of people of different cultures – that is not high enough to appreciate," said Campino.

With regard to the admonishing past, it is "always a sensitive topic when national teams compete against each other," underlined Campino. "We should understand that there are people who are sensitive to it, because Germany is the most populous country in Europe and that inspires a lot of respect, it is not the cute Liechtenstein, where in every backyard a flag hangs and it does not bother anyone. "

He also thinks it is "completely fine if a football fan decides to be only a supporter of his city and his club, that it goes too far with the national team or does not affect him so much, according to the motto 'I can watch it, but I do not have to celebrate there, '"said the trouser singer. "In everything you have to complain about as a football fan at the DFB, this is a good and important thing," said guitarist Breiti. And musician colleague Uhlmann concluded: "I think that's punk."

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