Israel’s ice hockey team captain has signed for the Polish Auschwitz team who play just a couple of miles from the notorious concentration camp.
Eliezer Sherbatov, 28, signed to play for the local team in Oswiecim, the Polish town where the Auschwitz concentration camp was located, last week.
The Israeli ice hockey star will play just two miles from the notorious Auschwitz concentration camp where Nazis killed nearly 1 million Jews during the Holocaust, according to the Times of Israel news site.
Sherbatov told the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth that he feels welcome in the Polish city and is not worried about receiving anti-Semitic taunts from ice hockey fans in the same way that local football fans have been criticised for doing.
He said: “People here in Poland are happy that a Jew from Israel came to play for Auschwitz.
“I am happy to make this history, and of course I want to help to not forget the Holocaust.
“I have a great deal of motivation because it is Auschwitz. I want to win the championship, the Polish Cup and the continental title, and then everyone will know the one who did this is a Jewish-Israeli.”
Sherbatov started playing ice hockey when he moved from Israel to Canada as a child.
He is the captain of the Israeli national team which is mostly made up of non-professional ice hockey players.
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