An education resource featuring the visit of England’s footballers to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps in Poland has been released to secondary schools.
It is hoped that the involvement of the footballing stars will help teachers to engage their students in the subject of Holocaust education at key stage 3.
The resource has been put together after members of the England football squad visited the Second World War Nazi concentration camps during their stay in Poland for the 2012 European Championships last summer. Other squad members also visited Schindler’s Factory in Krakow.
The final resource, entitled Introduction to the Holocaust: Footballers Remember, was published this week by the Holocaust Educational Trust in partnership with the Football Association.
The DVD includes accompanying lessons plans featuring prominent England players discussing why they feel it is important to learn about our shared history. It also includes footage of the actual visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau as well as images and archive footage.
Prior to the visit, players also heard testimony from Holocaust survivors Zigi Shipper and Ben Helfgott MBE, which is also featured in the DVD. Players Steven Gerrard, Joleon Lescott and Joe Hart are seen discussing the profound effect that meeting Zigi and Ben had on them, as well as the importance of learning about the Holocaust. England manager Roy Hodgson also features.
Schools will also receive a supplementary CD Rom which will include lesson plans and supporting materials for teachers.
To view the resource and for details, visit http://het.org.uk/index.php/education-general/footballers-remember CAPTION: Never forget: England football players including Wayne Rooney and Joe Hart during their visit to Auschwitz