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Academy players paint Foundation Stones to commemorate Holocaust

26 Apr 2020

Players from 12 clubs visit Krakow as part of League's 2020 Holocaust Education Programme

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From Monday evening through to Tuesday evening this week, the Jewish community observed Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Yom HaShoah commemorates the millions of Jews murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust. This year marks the 75th year of the liberation of concentration camps such as Auschwitz, near to Krakow in Poland.

The Premier League has been working with the Holocaust Educational Trust to ensure clubs' academy players are taught about the horrors of the Holocaust.

At the beginning of March, players from 12 academies attended a workshop at the Jewish Community Centre in Krakow as part of the Premier League's 2020 Holocaust Education Programme.

The young players were offered the opportunity to reflect on their experiences by painting Foundation Stones, which are traditionally laid by Jews on a headstone as an act of remembrance.

They will become part of the UK's new Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre when it is built next year, a project commissioned by the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation.

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