FA offers its support to Holocaust Memorial Day

Tuesday 27 Jan 2015
2015 marks 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

The Football Association is supporting Holocaust Memorial Day 2015 as it marks 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust is asking everyone to play their part in honouring the memory of those who died.

The day’s international commemorations focused at the site in southern Poland where 1.1 million people, the vast majority Jews, were killed between 1940 and 1945

A candle was lit at Wembley Stadium as part of the annual remembrance activities in England, which has been running every year since 2001

Roy Hodgson, Alex Horne and former FA Chairman David Bernstein visited Yad Vashem in 2013

The FA has been involved with several initiatives in recent years. 

In 2012, England manager Roy Hodgson accompanied some of his players to Auschwitz-Birkenau. 

A year later, Hodgson joined then-Chairman David Bernstein on an emotional visit to Yad Vashem, the World Centre of Holocaust Research in Jerusalem.  

In May 2014, more than 250 Holocaust survivors gathered at Wembley for what was thought to be the country’s largest-ever gathering of those who lived through the terrible atrocities.

Roy Hodgson pays his respects ahead of the Under-21 European Championships in Israel

The FA has also worked with the Holocaust Educational Trust on a special pack for secondary schools, with the aim to use the power of football to help educate a new generation about the horrors that happened during World War Two. 

It included a film featuring senior players sharing their thoughts alongside survivors giving first-hand accounts of their experiences. 

Prime Minister David Cameron has established a cross-party commission to consider Holocaust education and remembrance and its recommendations are expected this month.

“We learn from the past and consider how we can help build a better future”

Olivia Mark-Woldman Chief executive, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust

Olivia Marks-Woldman, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, said: "The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2015 is ‘keep the memory alive’. 

"It is vital that we all remember and reflect upon the horrors of the past, and honour those who survived.  

"On Holocaust Memorial Day we remember for a purpose: we learn from the past and consider how we can help build a better future."

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust organises the UK National Commemorative Event and provides resources and support to the organisers of more than 2,400 events around the country.

By FA Staff