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Bayern Munich advisor Uri Siegel has passed away at the age of 97

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Passing away on Friday the 26th of June, Bayern Munich has lost a loyal friend and important character who dedicated his life to not forget the past. 

Photo by A. Hassenstein/FC Bayern via Getty Images

Ulreich Siegel, known as ‘’Uri’’, passed away on Friday morning. Uri was the nephew of long-time club president Kurt Landauer and was one of the last survivors of the holocaust who knew Munich before the Nazis.

Being an advisor for FC Bayern for years, Bayern Munich announced his death only minutes before the Wolfsburg game. The statement can be read here.

Uri’s uncle, Kurt Landauer was Bayern Munich’s president for 18 years over four spells between 1904 and 1951. Landauer is widely known for shaping the modern Bayern Munich. Both Uri and Kurt survived the Holocaust and returned to Munich after the war. Uri led the way for reconciliation throughout the remainder of his life.

Bayern President Herbert Hainer remembers the great person Uri was: “I had the privilege of meeting Uri Siegel personally on 27 January this year, the day of remembrance in German football. Despite his modest nature, he understood how to convey such important messages in just a few words, especially these days.”

An emotional Karl-Heinz Rummenigge continued by stating: “With the passing of Uri Siegel, the last descendant of our honorary president Kurt Landauer has left us. For many years, he was a trustworthy and reliable advisor to the presidency and board of FC Bayern, for which we are very grateful to him. He will be sorely missed by FC Bayern.”

Uri was for almost 20 years managing director of the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde Bayern. “A world without him and his memories is a poorer one,” said Charlotte Knobloch, the current president of the cultural community of Munich and Upper Bavaria.

We at Bavarian Football Works mourn the passing of Uri Siegel and remembers all the great things he stood for.