Author Topic: Ukraine blocks film on WWII soccer match-The "Death Match" of 1942  (Read 918 times)

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http://www.kyivpost.com/news/guide/guidenews/detail/125810/

The movie tells the story of the Aug. 9, 1942, match, which pitted a Wehrmacht team against players from Kiev's top club Dynamo and other athletes.
The Ukrainian team won 5-3 despite reported warnings from the SS that they must lose to their occupiers.
Most team members were soon arrested.

"Some things are worth dying for," the actor playing team captain Nikolai Ranevich says in the film, his eyes filling with tears, as he convinces his team to beat the Nazis in a show of resistance and patriotism.

A Soviet journalist dubbed the game the "Death Match" and Soviet authorities long cultivated the legend that the entire team was executed by the Nazis soon afterward. A monument to those players now stands outside the Dynamo stadium.

 Historians now say that while defeating the Nazi team was undoubtedly courageous, there is no evidence to suggest all the players were executed in revenge.

Nine of the players were arrested about a week after the match.
One soon died in custody and three others were shot in a Kiev concentration camp some six months later, according to Volodymyr Prystaiko, a former Soviet security officer who wrote a book on the match.

German investigators concluded in 2005 there was no evidence linking the death of the three players to the match.
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The book makes very interesting reading.


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Surely the reasons speak volumes? Further, the film was directed by a Donetsk resident!

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Yaroslav Pidhora-Gvyazdovskiy, a member of the expert commission reviewing "The Match," says he recommended banning the movie because it promotes ethnic strife. Most of the characters who collaborate with the Nazis speak Ukrainian while the admirable characters in it speak Russian and fearlessly oppose the invaders, he said.

Independent movie critic Volodymyr Voitenko said the movie should be banned.

"It's ideological propaganda, which is part of Russia's neo-imperialist policy," Voitenko said. "It's a political question and the state must decide whether to allow being spat in the face or not."   


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It`s being shown this week in Kiev;

http://www.kino.com.ua/

Topic: 1942. Николай Раневич, вратарь и звезда киевского ?Динамо?, теряет самое дорогое ? свободу, любимую девушку Анну и возможность играть в футбол. Nicholas Ranevich, and the star goalkeeper of Kiev "Dynamo" and loses the most expensive - the freedom, his girlfriend Anna and the opportunity to play football. Анна спасает Николая из плена, но теперь они не могут быть вместе? Anna Nicholas rescues from captivity, but now they can not be together ...

Немцы устраивают чемпионат по футболу между местными командами и сборной Вермахта. The Germans were satisfied with Championship football match between local teams and the team of the Wehrmacht. Раневич собирает друзей и вновь выходит на поле играть за свою честь, за любовь, за Родину! Ranevich gathers friends and re-enters the field of play for my honor, for the love for the Motherland!

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The KP story didn't even seem to mention the existence of neo-Nazi groups, skinheads and even at least one publicly pro-Nazi politician,  in Ukraine, or how they might react to the film. 

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DR, you are talking about the KP.  What do you expect?

If somebody had a serious intention and the money to launch a rival that adhered to anything close to quality journalism and commentary in English, the KP would be dead inside a month.

As it is, you get what you're given if you choose to read it.
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