Chelsea backing for Righteous Among The Nations initiative

Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck visited Parliament on Monday to show our support for a project honouring the Righteous Among The Nations, non-Jewish people who risked their lives during the Holocaust saving Jews.

The initiative was launched by Holocaust foundation ‘From the Depths’ and will record the stories of people known as Righteous Among The Nations – an honorific term used by the State of Israel to describe non-Jews who risked their lives during the Holocaust to save Jews from the Nazis. In addition, the project will provide a free car service for the Righteous in Poland to help them in everyday life.

This week two London taxis with the symbol of Chelsea and From the Depths’ ‘Silent Hero’ logo set off for Poland after the launch in Parliament.

The initiative is a continuation of the club’s ‘Say No To Antisemitism’ campaign, with Bruce Buck commenting: ‘Why would a Premier League football club from south-west London start a campaign called “Say No To Antisemitism”? The answer is simple – it is down to one man, the owner of Chelsea Football Club, Roman Abramovich.

‘All of us have noticed the increase in antisemitic violence. Roman Abramovich has the ability to try to do something about this and he has instructed everyone at Chelsea to put their heads together to come up with ideas and that’s how we came up with “Say No To Antisemitsm”.

‘At the core of the campaign is education, because we believe that education is the way to make a real dent in antisemitism. We have to explain history.’

The event in Parliament also included former Blues manager Avram Grant – who is also honorary chairman of the foundation.

From the Depths founder, British-born Jonny Daniels (who is pictured above with Bruce Buck and the taxi), said: ‘This is to honour the non-Jews who stood up to save our Jewish brothers and sisters. It was an epic task that was often led to people giving their lives to help Jews.’

Avram Grant added: ‘The most powerful part of this remarkable initiative is that it’s being undertaken by young people. If we don’t fight to tell these stories now, they will be forever forgotten and the younger generation, through foundations like From The Depths, ensure this will not happen.’