It was the question every player was ready for.
"Being a member of the German national side, how you do feel about playing in Israel given your country's history?"
A deep breath, a nod, a look of "what can I say?"
Pierre-Michel Lasogga is used to thousands of fans shouting at him on the football field -- he's accustomed to the pressure of millions at home watching on their television sets.
As one of Germany's most promising young players at the European Under-21 Championship Finals in Israel, he's used to being asked questions, being interviewed and having a camera stuck in front of his face.
A giant of a man with a huge physical presence and arms adorned by tattoos, it is something of a surprise that he is so softly spoken.
Six million dead
Germany's arrival in Tel Aviv was met with the usual questions over whether the current generation were aware of their country's darkest chapter -- the murder of six million Jews by the Nazis during World War Two.
It is a subject which the players are keen to talk about -- there is no sign of sidestepping a question.
Talking in English -- "you have to speak slowly for me," he says -- Lasogga appears calm and confident when it comes to talking about such an emotive subject.
Born in Gladbeck, in the northern part of the Ruhr area, he recalls learning about the Holocaust at school, but it was not until his trip to Israel that the enormity of the event sank in.
"At school it is different," he told CNN. "You forget.
"Of course, we learned about what happened when we were younger. But when you come here, come to Israel and you learn even more ... it's just completely different."
Under Adolf Hitler, Germany and its accomplices persecuted Jews across Europe in merciless fashion, with an estimated 2.5 million being killed from April to November 1942 alone.
The German Football Associaton (DFB) has long brought its teams to Israel, with a trip to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem a regular fixture on the itinerary.
Regardless of whether it's the senior team, youth or women's teams, all have taken part in a tour and educational guide of the center.
Wreaths are laid, while a visit to the Children's Memorial, a room with five candles reflected by hundreds of mirrors to commemorate the 1.5 million or more who died, leaves an indelible mark.
Pictures of those who were so brutally murdered hang on the walls, while the testimonies of those who survived share their harrowing tales.
"It was very moving to see the history again at the exhibition," said Lasogga, who visited the museum in March when the Germany U21 side went to Israel for a friendly match. "It was very emotional for us. It touched us.
"We learned it at school but coming here and seeing it at Yad Vashem is completely different. It's something which gives you so much more than you see in school.
"It was hard to see what has happened in the past and I hope that this situation will never happen again.
"I hope that by us coming to Israel it can help with the past."
Lasogga is not alone in these thoughts -- his team captain Lewis Holtby, who plays for Tottenham in the English Premier League, was also moved by the experience.