England's Euro 2012 squad met Holocaust survivors Zigi Shipper and Ben Helfgott at their team hotel in London.
The players are to visit the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland during their stay in the country for the tournament.
The visit is in conjunction between the Football Association the Holocaust Educational Trust.
Captain Steven Gerrard said the pair gave a "very inspirational" and "mind-blowing speech" to the team.
He added: "It was very brave and they showed huge character to come in front of the lads and speak about their own personal experiences."
Manager Roy Hodgson paid tribute to the two men who spoke to the team and said it gave the players a chance to learn about a history they are "perhaps not as au fait with as the older members of the staff".
He said: "I don't know to what extent the education system would feature or concentrate on the Second World War today because there is such a lot of space between the event and the world we live in today."