Chelsea Football Club is observing Holocaust Memorial Day today in remembrance of the six million Jewish men, women and children who were murdered during the Second World War, and the millions of people killed in Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides.
Holocaust Memorial Day is remembered every year on 27 January, the day the infamous concentration and death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, was liberated. It is an opportunity for us to remember the atrocities of the past, and to ensure that such horrors are never repeated.
Prior to kick-off this evening, a centre circle banner with the message ‘Say No To Antisemitism’ will be unveiled to highlight the club’s work in this area, while you can read more about the Foundation’s education work around the campaign in the matchday programme or online.
A video of players and staff from our men’s and women’s teams showing their support for the campaign will also be shown on the big screens, as well as being available online.
Everybody at Chelsea is proud to be part of a diverse club. Our players, staff, fans and visitors come from a wide range of backgrounds, including the Jewish community, and we want to ensure everyone feels safe, valued and included.
Players and staff from our men’s and women’s teams also showed their support by taking part in the World Jewish Congress’ #WeRemember campaign. Now in its third year, the campaign urges people to photograph themselves holding a #WeRemember sign and post it to social media in an effort to combat antisemitism and all forms of hatred, genocide and xenophobia.
The campaign reached more than 650 million people last year – more than one in 11 people – in 50 countries and 20 languages. Cesar Azpilicueta, Eden Hazard and England duo Millie Bright and Hannah Blundell led the way for the Blues by recording a video raising awareness of Holocaust Memorial Day, while other players shared their photos, as did head coach Maurizio Sarri and his assistant Carlo Cudicini.
In 2018, Chelsea launched our Say No To Antisemitism campaign four days after Holocaust Memorial Day, when Bournemouth visited Stamford Bridge.
Owner Roman Abramovich wrote a unique foreword for the matchday programme, while in the Directors’ Box Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis presided over a candlelighting ceremony and was joined by special guests, including Holocaust survivors and leaders from the Jewish community.