Shalom Life | September 01, 2014

German, English Soccer Teams to Visit Auschwitz

Players and officials will visit death camp in Poland before European Championship

By: Sammy Hudes

Published: May 30th, 2012 in Culture » Society » News

German, English Soccer Teams to Visit Auschwitz

German and British soccer delegations will each separately visit the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland ahead of the European Championship, which is set to begin June 8.

Following an exhibition match with Israel in Leipzig the previous day, the German team will arrive in Poland on Friday, according to the Associated Press.

German captain Philipp Lahm, Poland-born players Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski, Coach Joachim Loew, German Football Federation president Wolfgang Niersbach and other officials will tour the death camp along with Dieter Graumann, head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany.

Graumann, whose grandparents were killed at Auschwitz, initially proposed the visit according to the JTA.

The German team, based in the Polish city of Gdansk, will face Portugal, Netherlands and Denmark in the group stage of the tournament, which is co-hosted by Ukraine.

The English national team will also visit Auschwitz, in addition to Oskar Schindler's factory in Krakow, where their training base is located.

Before heading to Poland, the team will meet with Zigi Shipper, a well-known Holocaust survivor in England, who was liberated from Auschwitz in 1945. They will also meet Ben Helfgott, who survived Buchenwald who later settled in England and became a weightlifter on two Olympic teams.

The British players will visit Auschwitz on June 11, before the team’s first game.

The visit is part of a partnership between the British Football Association and Holocaust Educational Trust, which was formed to produce an educational resource on the Holocaust for secondary and post-secondary school students in England.

"It is a credit to our national team that they have set aside time to pay their respects to those who died during the Holocaust,” Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, told the Independent newspaper.

“It’s fantastic that they are so committed to building an educational legacy for young people in schools across England.”

Lea Michele to Join Season 4 of ‘American Horror Story’? Lea Michele to Join Season 4 of ‘American Horror Story’? TrendingMelissa Rivers is “Keeping Fingers Crossed” For Joan’s Recovery Melissa Rivers is “Keeping Fingers Crossed” For Joan’s Recovery TrendingLena Dunham: Leaking Nude Photos is a Sex Offense Lena Dunham: Leaking Nude Photos is a Sex Offense Trending
 

Lea Michele to Join Season 4 of ‘American Horror Story’?

September 01, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Lea Michele to Join Season 4 of ‘American Horror Story’?

The 'Glee' actress is rumored to join 'American Horror Story: Freak Show'.

Read More

Melissa Rivers is “Keeping Fingers Crossed” For Joan’s Recovery

September 01, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Melissa Rivers is “Keeping Fingers Crossed” For Joan’s Recovery

The 81-year-old comedian has been in a medically induced coma since Friday.

Read More

Lena Dunham: Leaking Nude Photos is a Sex Offense

September 01, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Lena Dunham: Leaking Nude Photos is a Sex Offense

The 'Girls' creator urges her fans not to look at the recently leaked nude photos of fellow celebrities.

Read More

Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ A Secret Weapon For NBA Stars

September 01, 2014 | By Robert Gluck
Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ A Secret Weapon For NBA Stars

Idan Ravin's new book, "The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Head of Basketball's Best Players," details his rise from a Jewish upbringing to becoming a well-respected figure in NBA circles

Read More

Israeli Company Hopes to Find Real Treatment for ALS

September 01, 2014 | By Maya Yarowsky and Anouk Lorie, NoCamels
Israeli Company Hopes to Find Real Treatment for ALS

BrainStorm looks beyond the Ice Bucket Challenge to treat Lou Gehrig's Disease with their NurOwn treatment

Read More

An Amulet a Son Gave to His Mother During the Holocaust Has Been Uncovered

September 01, 2014 | By Itamar Aichner, Yedioth Aharonot
An Amulet a Son Gave to His Mother During the Holocaust Has Been Uncovered

Unearthed in the ruins of the Lodz ghetto, the amulet reads 'With love, Avram'

Read More

What You Missed in the News: August 25 - September 1

September 01, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
What You Missed in the News: August 25 - September 1

Our Top Stories this week SodaStream, Howard Stern, Curb Your Enthusiasm, ReWalk, Shoes by Jews, and more

Read More

The Ten Best Curb Your Enthusiasm Episodes

August 29, 2014 | By Caitlin Marceau & Daniel Koren
The Ten Best Curb Your Enthusiasm Episodes

While Season 9 may be a mere fallacy, we do have 8 seasons of Larry David's hilariously awkward comedy to keep us company

Read More

More Headlines