09 April 2013

Lviv football fans: the remedy for nostalgia

As one of the bloggers reporting on the news below said, it is a great remedy for people who left Lviv and may for some reason feel that they miss the old place.

What happened is that the Lviv (Ukraine) football team Karpati was preparing to a home game with an Odessa's (Ukraine) team Chernomorets (see more below). The Karpati fans distributed some especially poignant banners toward the event. Two examples:

That one says (at the top):

Ukrainian football championship

And at the bottom right side, opposite the name of the local team:

Shit at the sea

And, if you have missed it somehow, the background of that banner shows the Auschwitz gate. Yup.

This one, besides the local nickname for Lviv (Banderstadt - see the explanation here), states simply:


Since all of the above hardly requires comments, here is some info on the background of the story. Lviv, being a seat of the most fervent Ukrainian nationalistic movements, is also, by association, a seat of Ukrainian anti-Semitism. Odessa, on the other hand, traditionally being a cosmopolitan city where many different people and cultures mixed quite freely, used to have a comparatively large Jewish population. It dwindled today to somewhere around 30 or 40 thousands (out of one million - population of the city), but (again as part of a tradition) its impact on the city's culture and folklore is still significant.

Not that our own football fans are much better, and same goes for many other countries having problems with similar rabble. But still, these banners are hard to beat...

What else? Yes, the Odessa team won that game 2:1. Some consolation.


SnoopyTheGoon said...

The Jews will have the last laugh. Ukraine, like Russia, Hungary, Italy, Greece, indeed all of Europe, is dying. They aren't marrying and having children. Their suicide rate tops their birth rate. David Goldman has the story: http://pjmedia.com/spengler/2013/04/08/memo-to-jew-haters-on-yom-hashoah-you-are-dying/?singlepage=true

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Thanks for the link. It was a good one.