United proudly lead Holocaust educational initiative

Friday 27 January 2023 12:00

Manchester United Academy joined together with Manchester City Academy for a unique event ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day.

Holocaust Memorial Day, held today on 27 January 2023, is for everyone to remember the millions of people murdered in the Holocaust, under Nazi persecution, and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Last week, both United and City's Under-14 groups joined together to hear from Dr Noemie Lopian, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, and Derek Niemann, the grandson of an SS officer. 

Noemie and Derek shared stories from their families’ histories and talked about the perils of extremism, the importance of tolerance and the ways in which everyone can inspire greater understanding. 
Learning about the Holocaust Video

Learning about the Holocaust

The Under-14s of United and Manchester City have been involved in an important event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day...

The unique and engaging session taught the group how they can act as role models for tolerance, understanding and kindness in order to influence their friends and families going forward. 

Events such as this go some distance to ensuring that the next generation learn from the past and act as upstanders in preventing the horrors of history from repeating.
United’s Under-14s have been exploring the lives of Jewish people before the Second World War and learning about the life of Eddy Hamel, a Jewish footballer who played for Ajax, who lost his life during the Holocaust.  

This year’s education project will culminate in a trip to Poland where the group will present their project work to invited guests and visit Auschwitz-Birkenau. 

At the end of the session, United and City took to the pitch in a competitive game of football that provided the perfect end to a poignant day. 
United and City's Under-14 teams took to the pitch for a game, to round off their Holocaust education day.
Nick Cox, United's Head of Academy, said: “This was a really special project and another opportunity for our young players to engage in an important historical event. The lessons they have learnt on tolerance and understanding will benefit them throughout their lives and hopefully have a lasting effect within their environment. 

“The event forms part of our enrichment programme, which aims to expose our players to a variety of different education projects and aids their development as well-rounded young people.

“We are extremely grateful to both Noemie and Derek for providing us with this unique opportunity and we look forward to continuing to work together."