As part of its efforts to educate about antisemitism, Chelsea FC commissioned British-Israeli artist Solomon Souza to develop and paint a 12-metre mural on the side of the club’s Stamford Bridge stadium for Holocaust Memorial Day. The mural paid tribute to three Jewish football stars who perished in the Holocaust.
Souza’s Stamford Bridge mural depicted Julius Hirsch, who won seven caps for Germany between 1911 and 1913 but was deported to Auschwitz on March 1, 1943 before dying at the Nazi camp. Hungary winger Arpad Weisz also died at Auschwitz in January 1944 and Ron Jones was the third figure depicted in the Stamford Bridge art. British prisoner of war Jones was known as the Goalkeeper of Auschwitz. The Welshman played in the Auschwitz Football League, before being liberated by the Americans. After the war he returned to Wales and lived in Newport until he died in 2019 aged 102.
On 8 March, the Julius Hirsch’s grandson, Andreas, was the guest of honour at a special event at the club where he talked about his grandfather and his legacy.
Among those attending were Lord Richard Faulkner, Rosie Duffield MP, Dr Lisa Cameron MP, Alicia Kearns MP, Andrew Percy MP, Lucy Frazer MP and Government extremism advisor John Woodcock.