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England Players Visit Auschwitz
Published : 08 Jun 2012 12:01:46Rss feed
England goalkeeper Joe Hart tells why he wanted to visit Auschwitz.
Hart was among the members of Roy Hodgson's 23-man squad to volunteer to make the 40-mile trip west from their Krakow base on Friday afternoon.Joe Hart: "Ever since Krakow was chosen as the venue, he said, 'You need to go and do this, go and see, experience it'."It's hard. I'm not being sick or perverse. You need to see these things to appreciate them."It's talked about and you hear people chuck words like 'Holocaust'."You need to know what they are. It gives you more of a feeling of the history of this world."I've never seen a room so silent and intense, people hanging off every word as these guys spoke about what they did, and what their end message was."There was no hate. They weren't angry. They just had that message of how you can be a better person."I couldn't get over them, the two guys. They were amazing."They spoke at the end about what roles we have as footballers and what sort of message we can hand out."It got me. It was great to speak to them. I just wanted to thank them for coming in. Two amazing people.""They just said that, 'A lot of people look up to you'."You forget that. We were looking up to them at the time. 'Treat people as you meet them. Don't judge'. That was more or less the gist of it."
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