Soccer as an Agent of Integration: Sport in Expellee and Refugee Camps in Germany after World War II

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In September 1945, a few months after the end of World War II, a group of young soccer enthusiasts founded a soccer association in the largest refugee and expellee camp in southwestern Germany. Through the meandering history of this remarkable soccer association, special attention is paid to the reciprocal effects of two mass phenomena: sports and migrant camps. The paper highlights the relevance of sports in the long-term process of integration of 12.5 million refugees and expellees into postwar German society.


Prof. Dr. Mathias Beer
University of Tübingen

Main Sponsor

Joint Initiative in German and European Studies


German Academic Exchange Service

Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies


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