Group set up by Bayern Munich stars give £60,000 to Auschwitz
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Group set up by Bayern Munich stars give £60,000 to Auschwitz

WeKickCorona Initiative, established by Bayern Munich players Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich, donated the money after the former camp's museum requested funding help

Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich (Credit: Wikipedia. Goretzka/ Author	Steffen Prößdorf / Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0). Kimmich/Author	Granada /Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0))
Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich (Credit: Wikipedia. Goretzka/ Author Steffen Prößdorf / Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0). Kimmich/Author Granada /Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0))

A German organisation that two professional football players established to fight the coronavirus has donated approximately £61,000 ($80,000) to the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland.

The WeKickCorona Initiative, established this year by Bayern Munich players Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich, gave the money after the museum asked for public contributions in the wake of the pandemic, which has paralysed tourism.

“Auschwitz is part of our history and its memory is omnipresent 75 years after the end of the war. We are all challenged to ensure that one of the darkest chapters in human history does not repeat itself. It is a matter close to our hearts to help ensure that the culture of remembrance is upheld even in the corona pandemic,” the WeKickCorona Initiative said in a statement.

Kimmich and Goretzka, both 25, each play for the German national team as well.

More than 1.5 million people, most of them Jews, were murdered at Auschwitz, a concentration and labor camp that the Nazis built in occupied Poland.

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