DeSean Jackson has accepted an invitation to visit the notorious Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland from a 94-year-old Holocaust survivor.
Jackson received the invitation last week from Edward Mosberg after posting social media messages citing what he believed to be a quote from Hitler.
The 33-year-old Jackson apologized, but the Eagles called the posts “absolutely appalling,” fined Jackson and warned that he would be released if he didn’t “support his words with actions.”
According to the Jerusalem Post, Jackson accepted Mosberg’s offer during a Zoom call with Mosberg.
The call was set up by From the Depths, an organization dedicated to “preserving the memory of the Holocaust and to give a name to those who were brutally murdered in the dark days of the Holocaust,” according to its web site.
Mosberg serves as honorary chairman of From the Depths, which also lists Superman actor and former Princeton football player Dean Cain on its board of directors.
Mosberg last year was awarded Poland’s highest civilian honor, the Order of Merit.
“I grew up in Los Angeles and never really spent time with anyone from the Jewish community and didn’t know much about their history,” Jackson said in the Zoom call, according to the Post. “This has been such a powerful experience for me to learn and educate myself. … I want to take the proper steps to let people know that I never intentionally had any hatred in my heart, I never wanted to put the Jewish community down, I want to educate myself more and help bridge the gaps between all different cultures.”
Mosberg survived the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria but numerous family members were murdered there, including his mother and father.
Auschitz, located in southern Poland, was the largest Nazi concentration camp. More than one million Jews were killed there between 1940 and 1945.
The grounds are now open to the public and include a memorial and museum.
The Jerusalem Post cited a statement quoting From the Depths founder Jonny Daniels saying the non-profit organization and Jackson and his representatives were already working to arrange the trip.
Travel from the U.S. to Europe is currently restricted because of the coronavirus pandemic, so it's unknown when the trip would take place.
Earlier over the weekend, Jackson accepted an invitation from Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman for a joint visit to both the United States Holocaust Museum and the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which are both in Washington, D.C.