The Chelsea players in Boston for tonight’s Final Whistle on Hate match against New England Revolution have visited the city’s Holocaust memorial.
The New England Holocaust Memorial, to give it its full name, is located in the heart of Boston’s downtown area and is open to the public at all times. Its many visitors were swelled in numbers by the Blues squad and New England Revolution players who walked through the towers which make up the most prominent feature, read the inscriptions and listened to talks from descendants of Holocaust victims and survivors.
The memorial was founded by a Holocaust survivor who came to Boston after the war and its six towers represent the millions of victims, the number of major death camps, a row of memorial candles and the years between 1939 and 1945. They are etched with numbers representing the infamous tattoos forced onto victims’ arms.
The Final Whistle on Hate match highlights a campaign against antisemitism and discrimination of all kinds. The game against New England Revolution at the the world-famous Gillette Stadium will raise money and awareness for a number of initiatives that tackle discrimination, persecution and hatred, including the World Jewish Congress, the Tree of Life synagogue, the Anti-Defamation League and the Holocaust Educational Trust.
The initial idea for our visit to New England was developed by the two clubs’ owners Roman Abramovich and Robert Kraft, in light of a global rise in antisemitic activity and hate crimes, including the tragic massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on 27 October last year, during which 11 innocent people lost their lives while worshipping.
Both owners have given their full backing to the initiative by donating $1 million in support of the cause, in addition to the commitment of their teams.