I know we promised some more upbeat stories today, but this one came across the desk, and, well, it bears telling. In Bundesliga play this past Saturday, Werder Bremen and Bochum drew 0-0. I know, not especially noteworthy except for the fact that some Neo Nazis unfurled political banners. The perpetrators were promptly arrested after being fingered by other fans.
I hate to ascribe intelligent, cogent thought to Neo Nazis, but Saturday was November 9, a day of historical significance for Germany. So much so, the Germans call it Schicksaltag. A day that marks two significant Nazi landmarks–the Beer Hall Putsch and Kristallnacht. It also is the same date that the Berlin Wall fell in 1989.
Bremen officials are banning the offenders thankfully. And, hopefully, we’ll have more uplifting stories for the rest of the day.