WATFORD, England -- England's European Championship squad will visit the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau while in Poland next month and will use the experience to educate youngsters about the danger of prejudice.
The players will visit the death camp near their Euro 2012 training base in Krakow soon after their arrival on June 6, the English Football Association said Tuesday. A DVD will then be produced in conjunction with Britain's Holocaust Educational Trust with players discussing "why combating prejudice today matters to them."
FA chairman David Bernstein said the players' Auschwitz tour will help teach "future generations about the horrors of the Holocaust, using the ability of football to interest and engage young people."
"There are so many lessons to be learnt and understood, and we believe football can play its part in encouraging society to speak out against intolerance in all its forms," Bernstein said.
The FA has raised concerns with UEFA president Michel Platini that Euro 2012, which is being co-hosted in Poland and Ukraine, could be marred by racism, with English authorities warning that far-right soccer hooligans could spark violence in Ukraine.
The Chelsea defender denies the charges. He was stripped of the England captaincy but remains in the Euro 2012 squad ahead of the trial that will start in July.
Holocaust survivor Zigi Shipper, who lives in England, will speak to the squad this week. Shipper survived Buchenwald camp in Germany and competed for Britain in weightlifting at the 1956 and 1960 Olympics.