The Right Thing To Do

Visiting 1.FC Nuremberg goalkeeper RAPHAEL SCHAEFER attends to some requisite paperwork just prior to the 181st edition of the Bayrisches Derby, the duel between the two Bavarian clubs founded at the turn of the 20th century – Bayern Munich and 1.FC Nuremberg – at the Allianz Arena in the city founded by Benedictine monks which dates back to the 12th century. (Matthias Schrader/AP)

As the regular blog readership has seen here before from the Hamburgderby earlier this season, decorating the rival goalkeeper’s net area before the big derby match is certainly a wonderful and entertaining tradition associated with the history and culture of German football.

The readership is also well aware, the blog has been looking back at East German football in addition to celebrating the reunification of Germany recently, an important event in world history to be certain.

Of course, there is a reason why two separate entities — the Bundesrepublik Deutschland (West Germany) and the Deutsche Demokratische Republik (East Germany) — existed in the first place for such a long time to literally divide the German people.


(Matthias Schrader/AP)

The 9th of November is, of course, the date that the Berlin Wall symbolically fell when East German border guards bowed to the demands of the great numbers that had appeared at the gates that night in 1989.

Unfortunately, exactly fifty-one years earlier prior to that long-awaited evening, another event occured in Germany — a rather ugly and notorious one — which, any amateur historian can easily conclude, actually contributed to the building of the Berlin Wall by the Soviet Union starting in August of 1961.

November 9, 1938 — KRISTALLNACHT.

If one is not aware of what Kristallnacht would be, perhaps one would do well to find out. After all, those who cannot learn from history are condemned to repeat it. A fine starting point for reference would be :

Decorating the visiting rival goalkeeper’s net and surrounding area before the big derby match is absolutely the right thing to do without question — so is acknowledging important as well as impactful events of world history, not to mention arriving at the proper conclusions resulting from such.


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