FA chief David Bernstein launches Holocaust education film

The England players visited the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp (courtesy of the FA and Holocaust Educational Trust)

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I am proud that Roy Hodgson and the England team are supporting such an important initiative and I would encourage all English schools to take advantage of the learning materials that have been created.”

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Football Association chairman David Bernstein and Holocaust survivors Ben Helfgott and Zigi Shipper visited Park High School in Stanmore on Monday to launch a free educational DVD, called Introduction to the Holocaust: Footballers Remember.

The film, produced by the Holocaust Educational Trust in partnership with the FA, will be sent to every secondary school in England.

It was made after some members of England's Euro 2012 squad visited Auschwitz before playing in the tournament last summer, while others went on a trip to the Schindler factory in Krakow.

Captain Steven Gerrard, goalkeeper Joe Hart, defender Phil Jagielka and manager Roy Hodgson discussed why they feel Holocaust education is important on the DVD, which is accompanied by lesson plans.

Year eight School Reporters Andre, Zaphy and Denisa were at the launch and here are their reports for the project.

ANDRE

Football Association chairman David Bernstein talks to the Park High students about the Holocaust DVD Football Association chairman David Bernstein talks to the Park High students about the Holocaust DVD

I would love to learn more about the Holocaust because of today's visit to our school - I think everyone should know about it.

Steven Gerrard is one of the England players on the DVD and he said there were a lot of shoes left behind - around 40,000.

I knew most of the things about the Holocaust but I have learned a lot and I think it will be successful in promoting knowledge.

ZAPHY

The DVD was very touching and interesting and you could learn a lot from it.

They showed the Jewish people being captured and Hitler, and they showed the England football team actually going into Auschwitz.

I knew quite a bit but I learned a few new things.

I think the DVD will inspire people to learn more about the Holocaust because even if you already know something about it, you could still learn more or extend what you know.

DENISA

I thought the DVD was very useful and it is really good that it is going to every secondary school.

I did know about the Holocaust before because in my old school we had to do a role play about it and I was a Jewish person.

The DVD will definitely be useful in promoting knowledge about the Holocaust, especially if children learn about racism and just being nice to people.

It does want to make me learn more and I really want to know what will happen if we do have that kind of situation again.

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