On Thursday the 24th I was fortunate to represent the Chelsea Supporters Group at the opening of the holocaust galleries at the Imperial war museum hosted by the Chelsea foundation
Roman Abramovich through the foundation had provided a significantly large donation to enable the museum to construct the galleries
The evening started in the atrium area where various say no to anti-Semitism signs and brochures were laid out. Speeches were made by both club captains Cesar Azpilicueta (or as was introduced simply as Dave), Magdalena Eriksson and by representatives of the imperial war museum.
After this we were invited to view the galleries that had opened earlier that day, we were all asked to take and share a photo to the say no to anti-Semitism campaign of one item that touched us the most, a hard decision given how moving many of the exhibits were. My chosen photo is pictured below, it caught my attention given I have nephews of a similar age to what this poor child would have been.
After a short viewing of the galleries we then had further speeches were both captains again spoke and discussed their chosen pictures and pictures for the say no to anti-Semitism campaign were taken.
Both Dave and Magda were very kind to then have photos with the fans, whilst there was also plenty of staff on hand from the museum to answer any questions.
Overall I would highly recommend a visit to the galleries, note there is areas recommended to over 14’s only. This area has been incredibly well designed by the imperial war museum to bring stories to life in an informative and educational way which doesn’t take away from the heartbreaking nature of events.
Finally thank you to the ‘Chelsea Supporters Group for the invitation to a fantastic night held by the ‘Imperial War Museum’ and the ‘Chelsea Foundation’
Michelle Brand (Treasurer CSG)