England coach Roy Hodgson has led members of his European Championship squad on a solemn visit to the former Auschwitz-Birkenau death camps.

Hodgson and Football Association chairman David Bernstein lit candles Friday at the site where prisoners got off trains at the most notorious death camp Nazi Germany operated on Polish soil after invading its neighbor during World War II.

While some players visited the gas chambers, other members of the squad visited the Krakow factory where German businessman Oskar Schindler employed Jewish workers to spare them from concentration camps during the liquidation of the ghetto in the city where England is based for Euro 2012.