England’s national soccer team to remember Holocaust

England’s national soccer team this week will honor victims of Holocaust ahead of European Championship.

By GIL STERN STERN SHEFLER
May 29, 2012 23:53
Holocaust survivors at Auschwitz

Holocaust survivors at Auschwitz 370. (photo credit: reuters)

 
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England’s national soccer team this week will honor the victims of the Holocaust ahead of the European Championship, which kicks off in Poland and Ukraine on June 8.

A group of players, coaches and Football Association (FA) officials is set to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau and the factory in Krakow formerly owned by Oskar Schindler, a righteous gentle who saved the lives of Jews.

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“This educational partnership brings together the important work of teaching future generations about the horrors of the Holocaust, using the ability of football to interest and engage young people,” said FA chairman David Bernstein in a press release.

The squad will hear testimonials from survivors Zigi Shipper and Ben Helfgott, the current vice president of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and a two-time medalist winner for Britain in the Olympics.

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