The Death Match

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The Death Match
Date 9 August 1942
Venue Zenit stadium, Kyiv

The Death Match (Ukrainian: Матч смерті, Russian: Матч смерти Match smerti – Match of death) is a name for a football game on 9 August 1942 in Kiev between the local team FC Start (Cyrillic: Старт) — former professional footballers from Dynamo Kyiv and Lokomotyv Kyiv — and Flakelf, a team of German air defense artillery.[1] The importance of the game lay in the Soviet propaganda that promoted the unshakable will of Soviet players who sacrificed their lives facing an ultimate adversity. According to the Soviet version some players of the "Start" team after winning the match 5-3 were shot by the SS because their victory humiliated the Germans. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, in 1991 this version was rejected by Ukrainian eyewitness and historians.

Background[edit]

Kyiv after bombings (World War II)

Football had become very popular in the Soviet Union in the 1930s which led to establishment of the Soviet Top League in 1936. Football competitions however existed already since 1900 in the former Russian Empire. Many football clubs were restructured after the October Revolution. That happened with Dynamo Kyiv which was created in place of the existing team of Sovtorgsluzhashchie in 1927. Dynamo Kyiv, which was part of the Dynamo sports society and was funded by the police (including the NKVD), became one of the strongest team in the Soviet Ukraine in 1930s winning number of republican championships and cup competitions. In 1936, Dynamo Kyiv came in second in the first Soviet championship. Lokomotyv Kyiv that was created almost a decade prior to Dynamo also had several winning seasons in the Kiev city competitions and was admitted to compete at the third tier of Soviet competitions in 1936. A Kiev native Georgiy Kuzmin points out in his book "Facts and fiction of our football" (Были и небыли нашего футбола) that the first squads of Dynamo Kyiv included number of regular Cheka members among which was Konstantin Fomin. Konstantin Fomin is known to have participated in repressions against Kharkiv sportsmen of Polish descent during 1935-1936.[2] Right before the World War II, Fomin also played in Lokomotyv.

Because players were not getting paid regularly, the football team of Dynamo for sometime had a shortage (only 8 players).[2] The team's captain Konstantin Shchegodsky even tried to escape to Dnipropetrovsk, where he played FC Dynamo Dnipropetrovsk, but was forced to come back.[2] During the Holodomor in 1932-33 half of the team escaped to Ivanovo near Moscow.[2] Two of Dynamo's players, Pionkovsky and Sviridovsky, were arrested by the NKVD agents during an attempt to exchange several cuts of cloth for products, therefore had to work for the good of the country for two years in a penal colony.[2] During the Great Purge in 1938 Piontkovsky and one of the Dynamo's team creators Barminsky were shot as spies.[2] The order of Lenin recipient Shchegodsky was thrown in jail for 15 months.[2] The 1941 season was never completed, as Germany invaded the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941. Several Dynamo Kyiv players joined the military and went off to fight. The initial success of the Wehrmacht allowed it to capture the city from the Red Army. Several of the Dynamo Kyiv players who had survived the onslaught found themselves in prisoner-of-war camps.

In taking Kiev the Germans captured over 600,000 Soviet soldiers. The city was under a strict occupation regime. Universities and schools were shut down, only in 1942 a four-year school for the Ukrainian population was introduced. Youth from 15 years and adults until 60 years were submitted to labour obligations.[3] Thousands of inhabitants were deported to Germany for forced labour. The Germans controlled the Ukrainian police which took part in the hunt on Bolsheviks and Jews.

Use for propaganda within the Soviet Union[edit]

According to Soviet representation of the events, the match took place in a climate of fear, heavy armed German soldiers with dogs surrounded the playground. The referee, an SS officer, was in favour of the German team ignoring their brutal fouls and not accepting regular goals of the Start team which had chosen red jerseys, the colour of communism. In midtime break an other SS officer threatened the local team with death in the case that the Germans would not win the match. After the match the Soviet players were shot by the SS, but this version was rejected by Ukrainian eyewitness and historians after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Until mid sixties[edit]

After the withdrawal of the German troops from Kiev and the reestablishment of Soviet administration in autumn 1943 writer Lev Kassil was the first to report about the death of Dynamo players murdered by the Germans. But his report in the "Izvestiya" did not mention the football match.[4] The expression "Death Match" has appeared in the newspaper "Stalinskoye plemya" (Stalin's tribe) on August 24, 1946 (#164, page 3) where a film script of Aleksandr Borshchagovsky was published. In 1958 he published his novel "Alerting Clouds“ (Trevozhnye oblaka) about the match. Also in 1958 Piotr Severov and Naum Khalemsky published their novel "The Last Duel“ (Posledni poyedinok).[5]

These two novels gave inspiration to Yevgeni Karelov‘s black and white film “Third Time“ (Тreti time).[6] According to Great Soviet Encyclopedia about 32 millions of spectators saw it in the Soviet cinemas.[7] The "Death match“ was also a very popular subject of the Soviet press. None of these publications mentioned survivors of the match.

The Start players having survived the German occupation did not show up in public. In the first years after World War II they were suspected having collaborated with the Germans. They were controlled and interrogated by the secrete police NKVD.[8]

In the Breshnev era[edit]

The reports about the "Death Match“ changed in the mid-sixties. Under the rule of Leonid Breshnev the propaganda of the Communist Party had to expose the heroism of Soviet population during World War II. The "Death Match" became part of Kiev's war history. The exact number of victims was given: four Dynamo players were murdered by the Germans – the goal keeper Nikolai Trusevich, an ethnic Russian, defender Olexi Klimenko and goalgetter Ivan Kuzmenko who altogether played in the vice champion team of 1936 [9] as well as midfielder Mikola Korotkykh having left Dynamo in 1939.[10]

In 1965, the Supreme Soviet of the USSR awarded posthumously four Dynamo players killed by the Germans the Medal „For Courage“. Five surviving players got the Medal for Battle Merit: Volodymyr Balakin, Makar Honcharenko, Mikhailo Melnik, Vassyl Sukharev, Mikhailo Sviridovsky.[11]

Despite a KGB dossier warning about the "glorification“ of the players with collaborateurs amongst them,[12] two monuments were erected in Kiev in 1971. The former Zenit Stadium where the match had taken place in 1942 was renamend to FC Start Stadium.[13]

Historical accounts and analysis after the dissolution of the USSR[edit]

After the decline of the Soviet Union journalists and historians in the new state of Ukraine were able to make historical research without being controlled by Glavlit, the Soviet censorship.

Eyewitness[edit]

The 50th anniversary of the "Death Match“ in 1992 marked the beginning of eyewitness reports in Ukrainian mass media:

  • Kiev Radio broadcast an interview with former Dynamo player Makar Honcharenko [14] Honcharenko denied the version that the players were threatened by an SS officer: "Nobody from the official administration blackmailed us for giving up the match.“ [15]
  • Sport reporter Georgi Kuzmin published a series of articles entitled "The Truth about the Death Match“. According to him the creation of the "Death Match“ legend was a countermeasure of Soviet propaganda to the reproach that the inhabitants of Kiev "did not fight against the aggressor“.[16]
  • Writer Oleg Yasinsky published his report "Did the Death Match happen?“ [17] Being a youth Yasinsky was among the spectators of the match and later played in Dynamo’s youth team.
  • Vladlen Putistin, son of midfielder Mikhail Putistin, an ethnic Russian, being 8 years old was one of the ball boys during the match. Later he interviewed unofficially some of the players.[18]

All these reports denied the Soviet version: There were no SS officers being referees or threatening the Start team.[19] The Germans played fair, the referee did not manipulate. There were no heavy armed soldiers with dogs in the stadium. The red jerseys were not a symbol for communist spirit, the players got them from the Germans.[20] Indeed the Germans arrested nine of the Start players, but the first among them only nine days after the match. Five, not four players were murdered by the SS, three among them only half a year after the match. All the eyewitness denied the version that the Dynamo players were murdered as revenge for the German defeat.[21]

Historical research[edit]

The first historical studies of the "Death Match“ confirmed the reports of the eyewitnesses. Former generallieutenant of Justice Volodymyr Pristaiko having been vice chief of the Ukrainian Security Service SBU summoned his analysis of the papers documenting the arrest and death of the Dynamo players: "There was definitively no context to the match.“ [22] In his book (2006) he published NKVD papers concerning FC Start from 1944 to 1948 as well as KGB documents from the Breshnew era.[23]

Historian Volodymyr Hynda showed that defeats of German teams against local clubs happened regularly. The Ukrainian press controlled by the Germans published many reports about these matches. Hynda found informations about 150 matches and documentated the results of 111 among them: the Ukrainians won 60 matches and lost 36 matches, 15 were draws.[24]

History of FC Start[edit]

Articles published in the daily "Nove ukrainske Slovo“ (New Ukrainian Word), controlled by the Germans, the reports of the witnesses and the NKVD documentation allow a reconstruction of FC Start’s history.

Organisation of the bakery team[edit]

Under German occupation all Soviet organisations and clubs were dissolved. By the end of 1941 German administration allowed newly formed Ukrainian sport clubs.[25] In January 1942 football trainer and sport reporter Mikhail Shvetsov founded the club Rukh (Movement). He tried to engage the best players in Kiev.[26]

But most of the former Dynamo players, among them very popular goalkeeper Trusevich, did not want to play in Rukh, probably because they took Shvetsow a collaborateur. Trusevich found a job in the Bakery No. 1 which guaranteed their workers and their families normal supplies of food.[27] More former Dynamo players found jobs in the bakery. The German director Joseph Kordik, an engineer from Moravia, encouraged them to form a football team: FC Start. After World War II Kordik declared to the NKVD that in reality he was Czech, not German.[28]

Three players of the former club Lokomotiv Kiev were incorporated into the new team.[29] Four former players who were directly submitted to the German administration also played for Start: three Ukrainian policemen [30] and one engine driver of the German railways Reichsbahn in Kiev.[31] None amongst the Start players had played in the first Dynamo team in the years just before the war. Some of them had left the club a couple of years ago.[32]

Matches in June and July 1942[edit]

Seven Start matches are documented for June and July 1942: against the Ukrainian teams Rukh and Sport, three Hungarian military teams, a team of the German artillery and the German railway team RSG. FC Start won all the matches, scoring 37 and conceding only 8 goals.[33]

Match against Flakelf on 6 August 1942[edit]

On 6 August 1942 FC Start beat Flakelf scoring 5-1. The names of the German players are given in cyrillic letters on the poster: Harer, Danz, Schneider, Biskur, Scharf, Kaplan, Breuer, Arnold, Jannasch, Wunderlich, Hofmann.[34]

Revanche match against Flakelf on 9 August 1942[edit]

With an audience of 2000 [35] the teams met again three days later, in the later so-called "Death Match“. The poster informed that Flakelf had a "strengthened“ team but did not reveal any names. But it named 14 Start players, amongst them Lev Gundarev, Georgi Timofeyev und Olexander Tkachenko, Ukrainian policemen under German command.[36]

The official poster about the "Death Match" printed by the German administration

The score was 5-3 in favour of Start. Only the first time is documented: The Germans opened the score, then Ivan Kuzmenko and Makar Honcharenko two times marked the 3-1 score for half time.[37] After the match a German took a photograph of both teams showing a relaxed atmosphere. Some days later he offered a copy to former Lokomotiv player Volodymyr Balakin.[38] This photograph was never published in Soviet times.[39]

Afterwards the winners drank a glass of self made vodka and met at a party in the evening.[40]

Arrest of the players[edit]

On 16 August 1942 FC Start beat Rukh scoring 8-0. Two days later, on 18 August, the Gestapo arrested six of the Start players in the bakery, two days later two others were arrested.[41]

The destinies of the Kiev players[edit]

In contradiction to the Soviet version not all of the Start players were prosecuted by the gestapo. After the war Soviet authorities punished some of them for collaboration with the Germans.

In gestapo jail[edit]

According to the archives some of the Start players said during the NKVD interrogation that they were convinced having been denounced to the gestapo by Rukh trainer Georgi Shvetsov.[42] According to them he had been very angry after Rukh‘s 8-0 defeat. Therefore he informed the gestapo that the former Dynamo players had been officially members of the NKVD.[43] The Gestapo arrested them as potential NKVD agents who could organise sabotage acts in Kiev.[44]

Ukrainian historians are convinced that this version was the real reason for the arrest also because of the fact that the three former Lokomotive players in FC Start were not prosecuted by the gestapo.[45] The gestapo did not arrest neither Georgi Timofeyev for having played in the „Death match“ nor Lev Gundarev who was named on the poster but did not take part in the match. Both served in the Ukrainian police.[46] Their names were never mentioned in Soviet publications.

The first two cases of manslaughter[edit]

The Kiev archives document the cases of Olexander Tkachenko und Mikola Korotkykh both not having played in Dynamo’s first team before the war. Both cases do not show any context of the "Death Match“:

  • Tkachenko, one of the three policemen in FC Start, had beaten up a German in Kiev and therefore was arrested by the gestapo.[47] According to his mother’s report he tried to escape from the gestapo arrest and was shot by an SS man. In this very moment his mother came to the police station where he was arrested to bring him a meal.[48] His case was not mentioned in Soviet publications.
  • Korotkykh had left Dynamo in 1939 and played in the club Rotfront.[49] In 1942 he did not work in the bakery but in the kitchen of a German officers club.[50] His name was on a list of former NKVD agents established by Ukrainian collaborateurs. When he got information about this list he hid himself. According to some reports his sister was afraid of the gestapo and denounced him.[51] During the interrogation the gestapo tortured Korotkykh to death. According to some of the players the Germans found a NKVD identity card in his clothes.[52] But there is no proof for this version in the NKVD archives which contain only documents about his membership in the Communist Party and about his military service in a NKVD unit from 1932 to 1934 in the Russian city of Ivanovo.[53]

Forced labour in the concentration camp Syrets[edit]

After three weeks in the gestapo prison eight of the former Dynamo players were deported to the Syrets concentration camp next to the valley of Babi Yar in the outskirts of Kiev. Nikolai Trusevich, Olexi Klimenko and Ivan Kuzmenko had to work in a group of street builders.[54] Pavlo Komarov, Mikhail Putistin and Fedor Tyutchev worked as electricians outside the camp. Makar Honcharenko and Mikhailo Sviridovsky had to repair shoes for the Wehrmacht. The prisoners working outside the camp were not guarded by the SS, but rather by Ukrainian policemen who allowed their families to bring them food. They spent only the nights in the camps, Komorav was chosen by the SS as a Kapo.[55]

Execution of three players in the concentration camp[edit]

About half a year after their arrest Trusevich, Klimenko and Kuzmenko were executed amongst a group of prisoners on 24 February 1943 in the camp. Survivors reported that the bodies were thrown to the mass graves of Babi Yar.[56] None of the surviving players described the execution as consequence of the match on 9 August 1942. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the match Honcharenko said in the Kiev radio: "They died like many other Soviet people because the two totalitarian systems were fighting each other and they were destined to become victims of that grand scale massacre.“ [57]

The reports give several reasons for the execution:

  • A conflict concerning the dog of the camp commandor Paul Radomski: Some prisoners were said to have beaten it with a shovel in the camp kitchen. On this situation one of the prisoners had attacked an SS soldier.[58]
  • Punishment for the escape of some prisoners.[59]
  • Disobiedience of prisoners who were ordered to hang other prisoners who tried to flee from the camp.[60]
  • A sabotage act of partisans on a tank repair facility.[61]

After World War II[edit]

After receiving the information about the execution in the camp Honcharenko and Sviridovsky left the shoe repairing facility and hid in the apartment of friends in Kiev.[62] By the end of the sixties Honcharenko became a media figure and often told the official version of the Death Match. But after the end of the Soviet regime he denied this version.[63]

Putistin and Tyutchev could flee from the camp in September 1943 when the Germans left Kiev.[64] Tyutchev died in 1959 before the surviving Dynamo players became stars of the Soviet propaganda. Putistin was not awarded in 1966. According to his son he did not want to repeat the propaganda version.[65]

Komarov, before World War II Dynamo’s penalty specialist, left Kiev with the Germans. It is not known whether he was forced to come with them as a forced labour slave or as collaborateur. In 1945 he found himself in occupied Western Germany and soon he emigrated to Canada.[66] His name was never mentioned in any Soviet publications.

Former Ukrainian policeman Timofeyev was convicted to five years of gulag for collaborating with the Germans. Gundarev, according to NKVD documents a "German agent“, was condemned to death, but later his punishment was changed to ten years of gulag. He was not allowed to return to Kiev, he had to stay in the Asean part of the Soviet Union. He became the director of the stadium in Karaganda in the Soviet Republic of Kazakhstan.[67] Both cases were never mentioned in Soviet publications.

Investigation in Germany[edit]

After the publication of a report in a German newspaper repeating the Soviet version [68] a case about the "Death Match" was opened by the prosecution office of Hamburg in July 1974.[69] As Soviet authorities did not collaborate on the case, it was closed in March 1976. In 2002 the Ukrainian authorities informed Hamburg about their new investigation.[70] So the case was reopened, but finally closed by the investigation commission in February 2005. The commission was not able to find any connections between the game and the execution of people who participated in it and any person responsible for the execution being still alive [71] – Radomski had been killed on 14 March 1945.[72]

Second life of the Soviet version[edit]

The publications in the Kiev press found a strong echo in Ukraine, but they were ignored by most authors in other countries.

John Huston's film (1981)[edit]

In 1981, Sylvester Stallone starred in the film "Victory," directed by John Huston, which told the story of a group of allied POWs who are challenged to a match against the prison's guards. While the POWs are not Ukrainian, the story parallels are clear: they are threatened with death if they win, yet they ignore the threat and win the match, thus forfeiting their lives. Huston's film has a deus ex machina ending which conflicts with the original Soviet story.

Andy Dougan’s book (2001)[edit]

In the angloamerican media a book of the Scottish journalist Andy Dougan [73] inspired many articles.[74] Dougan specialises in publications about Hollywood and wrote books about George Clooney, Robert De Niro and Robin Williams. On the front page of his Dynamo book he exposes his thesis: "If ever soccer was a matter of life and death, then it was here.“

Without giving any concrete sources Dougan`s docufiction which invented dialogues repeats the Soviet version of an SS-officer threatening the Start players (p. 178). According to him the players were arrested because of their victories against Flakelf. He describes many details which Ukrainian historians revealed as false before the publication of his book: e.g. the red jerseys as symbol of the players‘ communist spirit (p. 137), the SS officer demanding the Nazi salutation from the Start players (p. 164), the heavy armed German soldiers surrounding the playground with German shepherds (p. 177-178), Trusevich praising the Soviet regime before his execution (p. 210).

Dougan gives citations from Honcharenko’s interview reproaching the Soviet version; in his bibliography he notes also Kuzmin’s first articles,[75] but ignores completely their conclusions. For the year 2013 the press announced a British film based on Dougan’s book. Scottish actor Gerard Butler was announced to play in it.[76]

Andrey Malyukov’s film (2012)[edit]

The film "Match“ (2012) by the Russian director Andrey Malyukov also ignores the reports of Ukrainian witness and scholars and repeats the Soviet propaganda version. In the film Russian communists are fighting against the German occupants. All the collaborateurs speak Ukrainian. Malyukov became popular as a director of a national-patriotic TV series about a Russian troop in the Caucasus and in Afghanistan.[77] Ukrainian authorities blocked the start of the film for several months, according to them the film gives a wrong picture of history.[78]

Literature[edit]

  • Hynda, Volodymyr: Ukrainsky sport pid natsystskoyu svastykoyu (1941-1944 rr.). Zhytomyr 2012, p. 243-336 (Гінда, Володимир: Український спорт під нацистською свастикою (1941-1944 рр.). Житомир 2012; English: Ukrainian sport under the Nazi swastika) ISBN 978-617-581-116-0
  • Pristaiko, Volodymyr: Chi buv „match smerti“? Dokumenty swidchat. Kyiv 2006, 174 p.(Пристайко, Володимир: Чи був «матч смертi»? Документи свiдчать. Київ 2006; English: Did the Death Match happen? Documents give witness) ISBN 966-7769-56-9

External links[edit]

  • Place of a monument in KIev [4]
  • Photographs of Start players: Kuzmenko, Komarov, Putistin, Honcharenko, Timofeyev, Trusevich, Tyutchev, Klimenko [5]
  • Summary of Ukrainian reports (in Russian) [6] [7] [8]
  • Confrontation of the Soviet propaganda version and the results of Ukrainian historians (in Russian) [9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Note that "Flakelf" is an abbreviated combination of the German words Flak (Fliegerabwehrkanone - air defense artillery) and elf - "eleven" which was used to denote an association football team.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Kipiani, V. "Byli i niebyli nasheva futbola". From the Polytechnic to the Death match. Ukrayinska Pravda. May 5, 2012.
  3. ^ Hynda, Volodymyr: Ukrainsky sport pid natsystskoyu svastykoyu (1941-1944 rr.). Zhytomyr 2012, p. 321.
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  39. ^ Foto 2
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  69. ^ No. 147 Js 7/74
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  76. ^ http://www.nme.com/filmandtv/news/gerard-butler-to-star-in-football-film-about-world/289860
  77. ^ http://www.kinopoisk.ru/film/260136/
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