Former German soccer president sent hundreds to Auschwitz

BERLIN (AP) — The German soccer federation says its former president Felix Linnemann was directly responsible for sending several hundred people to be murdered at the Auschwitz extermination camp.

The DFB said on Friday that Linnemann, who led the federation from 1925 to 1945, “was directly involved in the registration of Sinti and Roma as the head of the Hannover Criminal Police control center, which was the preliminary stage for their deportations to Auschwitz. Several hundred people are said to have been deported to the extermination camp and killed there on the basis of a direction signed by Linnemann.”

Monday marks 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz and the DFB has been promoting and supporting Holocaust Memorial Day.

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