German soccer delegation to visit Auschwitz



FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German soccer players and officials will travel to Poland on Friday to visit the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, after an exhibition against Israel before the European Championship.

Germany captain Philipp Lahm, Poland-born players Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski, coach Joachim Loew, German Football Federation (DFB) president Wolfgang Niersbach and other officials will tour the death camp along with a German Jewish community leader before the squad travels to Poland that is co-hosting the Euro 2012 with Ukraine.

Jewish leaders in Germany have been urging the country’s soccer federation to have the squad visit Auschwitz during the tournament that runs from June 8-July 1.

English Football Association said Tuesday that England squad will visit Auschwitz soon after they arrive June 6 at their training base in Krakow.