Holocaust survivor Hannah Lewis is set to visit the Boro Academy next month to share her story with both players and staff.
Hannah’s visit is arranged in conjunction with the Holocaust Education Trust, who are working with the Premier League as part of their education initiatives.
Through the Outreach programme, the Trust arranges for Holocaust survivors to visit schools and establishments to share their powerful stories and experiences.
Earlier this year, our U14s marked Holocaust Memorial Day. Our young players were handed Holocaust Memorial Day cards, explaining what HMD is and asking the reader to reflect on the story of Eddy Hamel who was the first Jewish player to play for Ajax, but who lost his life in the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1943.
Our youngsters have already had a session on pre-Jewish life and a discussion around the England team being ordered to perform the Nazi salute before a game against Germany in 1938.
The visit of Hannah Lewis is another key step in the learning process for our youngsters.
Hannah and her family were rounded up and forcibly taken to a labour camp in 1943, in a village called Adampol. Over time most of her family disappeared. Her father and his cousin managed to escape and joined the partisans. Only Hannah and her mother remained in Adampol.