Avram Grant goes to Auschwitz

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY SI­MON GRIVER

CHELSEA SOC­CER coach Avram Grant was due to be a key­note speaker at Auschwitz yes­ter­day (Thurs­day) for Holo­caust Me­mo­rial Day.

He was sched­uled to fly to Poland af­ter his team’s Cham­pi­ons League game against Liver­pool on Wed­nes­day evening.

Mr Grant, the son of Holo­caust sur­vivors, has taken part in the March of the Liv­ing, in which mainly young peo­ple march be­tween Auschwitz and Birke­nau, seven times be­fore.

Is­raeli foot­ball fans want­ing to watch the match live were iron­i­cally forced to see it screened with Ger­man com­men­tary, be­cause of Holo­caust Me­mo­rial Day.

In keep­ing with the spirit of the day, when en­ter­tain­ment pro­grammes are not screened, Is­rael’s sports chan­nel waived its right to show the game. At the re­quest of Is­raeli fans want­ing to see the con­fronta­tion be­tween Mr Grant and Liver­pool’s Is­raeli

Last year’s March of the Liv­ing with young Is­raeli foot­ballers mid­fielder Yossi Be­nay­oun, Is­raeli cable and satel­lite providers did not block broad­casts from Ger­many’s SAT 1 sta­tion.

Trans­mis­sions are usu­ally blocked to pro­tect the pay-per-view rights of Is­raeli com­pa­nies. But Ephraim Zuroff, of the Si­mon Wiesen­thal Cen­tre, was fu­ri­ous. “We are show­ing the Ger­mans that we care more about the Cham­pi­ons League than Holo­caust Day,” he said.

PHOTO: AP

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