England squad spoken to by Holocaust survivors ahead of trip to Poland
The England squad heard a moving testimony from Holocaust survivors Zigi Shipper and Ben Helfgott MBE on Thursday night.
The squad were introduced to the survivors and watched a short introductory film setting the context of the Holocaust.
Zigi then delivered his talk to the players, in which he described his experiences in the Nazi Concentration and Death Camp. Former Olympic and Commonwealth Games weightlifter, Ben, then gave his own story.
England captain Steven Gerrard said: "It was very moving and very inspirational for us. To come and share their experience with us shows great bravery and character.
"As a footballer, you realise how lucky and privileged you are to lead the lives we are leading today. Their's is a very interesting story and one that we're privileged to hear."
Zigi Shipper said: "It was so important to speak to the team because they are role models and people listen to them.
"Now they have heard a small part of mine and Ben's experiences, hopefully they'll know more and remember."
All of the footage and material from the talk will be used to create an educational resource for students as part of the legacy project with the Holocaust Educational Trust.