Dynamo: Defending the Honour of Kiev
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Dynamo: Defending the Honour of Kiev

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In 1942, at the centre point of World War II, an extraordinary event took place not on the battlefield but in a municipal stadium in Kiev. This is the true story of courage, team loyalty and fortitude in the face of the most brutal oppression the world had ever seen. When Hitler initiated Operation Barbarossa in June 1941, he caught the Soviet Union completely by surprise....more
Unknown Binding, 256 pages
Published July 22nd 2011 by Not Avail (first published March 11th 2001)
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Irving Koppel

"Dynamo" is the name of a Kievan soccer team which came to symbolize the Russian resistance to
Nazi barbarism after the occupation of this Ukrainian historic city. Naturally,when your native city
has been occupied by a foreign power who is ruthless in suppressing the populace,the morale of the
inhabitants was crushed.

Then came a group of bakers who had played under the title of the Dynamo in pre-war Russia. They
were the catalyst through which the citizens of Kiev in spite of all their suffering...more
Greg D'Avis
Interesting story but kind of flatly told (in part because everyone involved is long dead).
Matti Karjalainen
Oct 15, 2011 Matti Karjalainen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sotahistoriasta ja jalkapallosta kiinnostuneille
Liverpoolin legendaarinen manageri Bill Shankly tuli aikanaan todenneeksi, ettei "jalkapallossa ole kyse elämästä ja kuolemasta, vaan jostakin paljon vakavammasta". Vuonna 1942 lause oli kirjaimellisesti totisinta totta, kun Kiovan Zenit-stadionilla kohtasivat Kiovan Dynamon ex-pelaajien muodostama Start ja saksalaisten miehittäjien huipuista koostuva Flakelf.

Andy Douganin "Kiovan Dynamon kunnia" (WSOY, 2002) on kiinnostava tietokirja Kiovan Dynamon joukkueesta, jonka seurahistorian kenties miel...more
Joel
This one's a Christmas gift I read before giving it to my Uncle Nat. Its the story of the Ukrainian footballers (soccer players) from the Kyiv Dynamo team that played a German military team during the Nazi occupation of Kyiv, and then were thrown in a concentration camp for beating the Germans.

The book gives a lot of background information on WWII in Ukraine (or "the Great Patriotic War" as the Soviets called it) and was a quick read--I think that the author is usually a sports writer for a Glas...more
Rob
This account of the Nazi occupation of Kiev is utterly harrowing weaving the fascinating stories of some of the key players that played for FC Start. I found my self close to tears with elation when reading the inspiring account of FC Start's football games but also sickened when reading through how the Nazi's disposed of Kievian citizens. A balanced account and definitely worth a read for those that want a detailed account of how the Nazi's treated the Ukranians but also how inspirational sport...more
Joel
If you are a soccer fan, you likely have heard about the Death Match. I'm not a soccer fan, but I was touched by the story. This book is an in-depth look at the German occupation of Kiev during WWII and the local soccer team that defeated the "superior" Luftwaffe team twice in three days. The story is at once a touching tale of human resiliency and shocking statement on the horrors we are capable of if left unchecked. The book is about 240 pages and a quick read. I highly recommend it for everyo...more
Ipswichblade
A not too long book about the footballers of Dynamo Kiev who played in the so called death match during the occupation of Kiev by the Germans in the second world war. Actually the football takes up quite a small part of the story which concentrates on the city of Kiev and the atrocities that went on.
Janice
Dynamo dramatically shows why soccer is the world's game. The story of "The Death Match" told in context of Ukrainian history is a powerful narrative of a beautiful and brutal game.
Lars Børresen
Very poor. The author does not seem to know much about WWII or football. Also, the players' lives and experiences are dealt with rather shoddily and superficially. Disappointing.
Dana
Great true story of resilience. Story of a soccer team in Kiev after the Nazis take over.
Joan
A decent read. Claims in the book are disputed elsewhere but interesting.
Gregleddin
This is a great story that is sadly written up in a bad book.
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