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Chelsea Nazis and Bayern Munich – the Jewish club

by | 19th, May 2012

CAN Chelsea do it? Can the Blues defeat Bayern Munich on their own ground and win the Champions League? Will the British press resort to type and remind one and all that Bayern are German, and thus descendants of the Nazi spirit? Sure, the tabloid hacks are driving BMWs and wearing Hugo Boss clothes, but this is football. The Sun says “NEO-NAZI soccer thugs in Germany are plotting to ambush Chelsea fans”. No, not those  British neo-Nazi thugs who support Chelsea, the ones who sing songs about Auschwitz and the Holocaust to Spurs fans, and attack Anton Ferdinand for being black. No. And not those new Chelsea fans called Henry, Camilla and Chuck, either. The German ones.

The tabloids love to talk the threat of Nazi-inspired violence. It’s is if as if! the jingoistic sods can’t wait for some to happen.

PS Bayern is no sink of racism. Kurt Landauer, a Bavarian Jew, was the club’s president from 1919. A Jew named Richard Dombi managed Bayern to its first championship in 1932. Dietrich Schulze-Marmeling, a German historian, noted : “Bayern Munich was like a little island in a sea of antisemitism.” Things changed in 1933, when Jews were banned from football. But unlike 1860 Munich, Bayern did not collaborate with the Nazis. On Kristallnacht 1938, Landauer was seized and imprisoned in Dachau.

(The Nazis saw football as Jewish

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