The Vienna stadium that will host tomorrow's Euro Cup final hides a brutal past beneath the stands, where more than the 1,000 Jewish prisoners were held in 1939. Nazis took medical samples and made plaster casts of the prisoners, who were allowed outside daily but could not step on the grass—because soccer games were still being played there.
Almost all of the prisoners held at Ernst Happel Stadium later died in the camps. A tablet outside the stadium recounts how Nazis took them away, but one historian says he fought to have the word "murdered," not "died," included at the end. "Austrians still have an enormous problem dealing with the truth about their wartime past," he told Radio Free Netherlands.