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Sioux Falls Atheists endorse Dynamo for another instance of the "lesser humans"
kicking the pants off the Nazis in sports. But 33,771 Jews paid the price in Kiev.

Dynamo
Triumph and Tragedy in Nazi-Occupied Kiev
By Andy Dougan

Dynamo (2002) - 256 pages
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When Hitler initiated Operation Barbarossa in June 1941, he caught the Soviet Union completely by surprise. At breathtaking speed, his armies swept East, slaughtering the ill-prepared Soviet forces. His greatest military gains in all of World War II were made in these few short months, and the largest single country that he conquered was the Ukraine. Ukraine's capital, Kiev, was circled, assaulted, and overrun. Among the city's defenders who were captured and incarcerated were many of the members of the sparkling 1939 Dynamo Kiev football team, arguably the best squad in Europe before the war. Captured Kiev was a starving city whose population was deported in vast numbers as slave labor. However, one man was determined not just to save the surviving players from the Dynamo squad but other athletes as well. He offered them work, shelter and - most valuable - bread, as workers in his bakery.

Inspired by the charismatic goalkeeper Trusevich, the Dynamo side was re-formed at Start FC, and a series of matches were arranged, all of which the team won handsomely, and to such an extent that they inspired Kievan spirits. The final match, however, against the Luftwaffe, was arranged by the German authorities. A well-fed team from the Fatherland would vanquish the upstart Ukrainians, especially since the game would be refereed by an S.S. officer. The match itself was an allegory of resistance, and its consequences were brutal.

In Dynamo, Andy Dougan discovered the truth behind a legendary encounter, sorting fact from fiction and restoring a moment of extraordinary poignancy and complex bravery to the center of World War II. The cliché is demonstrably true: football is not a matter of life or death; it's much more important than that.

Andy Dougan is a writer for the Glasgow Evening Times and the author of six previous books, including biographies of American film luminaries Martin Scorcese, Robert De Niro, and Robin Williams. He lives in Scotland.

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Dynamo
Triumph and Tragedy in Nazi-Occupied Kiev
By Andy Dougan

Sioux Falls Atheists endorse Dynamo for another instance of the "lesser humans"
kicking the pants off the Nazis in sports. But 33,771 Jews paid the price in Kiev.