at 04 Jan 2021 11:00
Ergänzung um den Film Tigersprung in der englischen Fassung, sowie die Biografie von R. Franz.
Neue Begründung: A quarter of a century after only the track and not the stadium was named after Albrecht Richter, it is time to name the cycling stadium as such after him, just as it is time to honour Ernst Berliner by naming a square.
Due to the different responsibilities, the two steps described above will be followed.
**Albert Richter**, born in Cologne-Ehrenfeld, is a German and international cycling legend and world champion in the amateur track sprint. He did his cycling laps here in Müngersdorf in the twenties and thirties. Under National Socialism, he stood by his Jewish manager and steadfastly showed his stance. Finally, in 1939, he was picked up by the Nazis on the border to Switzerland and put in prison, where he died.
**Ernst Berliner**, Richter's fatherly friend and manager, was Jewish and fled the Nazis with his family via the Netherlands to the USA. Nevertheless, he returned to the country of the perpetrators once after the war to have the murder of Albert Richter solved and to rehabilitate his name, whose successes and his person as such the Nazis had also tried to eliminate from sports history.
**Cologne's World Champion**
*Turning professional soon after his Rome triumph, he raced primarily in France and Britain under Berliner’s management. He moved to Paris, learning French from watching movies, and went on to win the Grand Prix de Paris in 1934 and 1938 again. The French, impressed by his powerful, fluid riding style, called him “the German Eight Cylinder.” (english)*
**About Albert Richter and Ernst Berliner at Wikipedia (english)**
The Hall-of-fame of the Deutsche Sporthilfe pays tribute to Albert Richter as follows:
**Cycling world champion and Nazi victim.**
*As world champion in the amateur track sprint, Albert Richter was one of the most popular German athletes in the 1930s and was considered "anti-Nazi": he wore the jersey with the* imperial eagle\*, not the one with the swastika. (german)
An article on Albert Richter and Ernst Berliner can be found at Hagalil - Jewish life online:
N**o Hitler salute - The Cologne cyclist Albert "Teddy" Richter**
*The National Socialists almost succeeded and nobody would know the Cologne cyclist Albert "Teddy" Richter today. But only almost. (german)*
By the way, the current cycling stadium will be converted into the NRW Cycling Centre after the German Championships in August. Completion is planned for 2024.
Unterschriften zum Zeitpunkt der Änderung: 63 (30 in Köln)