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Great discussion here in comments of bigotry in Eastern Europe, much by people who have lived there.   All prompted by Nazi salutes at soccer matches in the Ukraine, I think, not Poland as Coates initially thought.

Commenter  Monte Davis says:

Also, never underestimate the appeal, for teens and [generic] rednecks everywhere, of celebrating/emulating whatever will most affront your parents and the respectable consensus. Some of those football fans in Kharkiv may be neo-fascists or potential recruits, but I suspect the simple thrill of the forbidden plays a bigger part.

I think there's more to a "thrill" to this forbidden.  I think it's a way for people to experience their power:  "I said/did this taboo thing and nobody stopped me."
 
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I am from Austria, but I'll try a sweeping generalization or two. Soccer is a very emotional thing here in Europe and it has traditionally attracted groups from both the extreme political left and right. For the past maybe thirty years, soccer hooligans have been a climate in which neo-fascists, neo-nazis and whatever violent rightist groups tried to recruit with some success. These groups have became a local threat to citizens in some areas, especially in Eastern Europe, but most have no significance beyond their stupid faces and their idiotic rituals which are rightfully considered taboo in many countries after WWII. Like any taboo, it will be broken both by drunk idiots marching to the soccer stadium and some extremists who could pose a serious threat.  In most countries, soccer clubs have implemented more or less credible programs to ban neo-fascists from the fan base. Not all of them have been successful. 

For Poland, you have to know that after centuries of foreign rule preceding WWII (Russians, Germans etc.), Hitler Germany implemented one of the most vicious regimes throughout their Reich in the country. All of the non-collaborators, not only the universally know poor souls in the Warsaw ghetto suffered immense oppression and violence. Then came the Russians and communism: Poland never had the time to deal much with its own collaboration and involvement in the Nazi regime. If you walk the Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego (Warsaw Rising Museum) which opened only in 2004, you'll soon find out that the famous uprising in the Warsaw ghetto in 1944 I believe is only shown in a small part of the place: The museum itself tells the Polish master history of national heroes fighting their oppressors throughout history, which may be true, but it a totally different story. 
 
Thanks for the info, +Reinhard Puntigam    It's easy to think that we have all the bigots here in the US, but I guess it's more of a universal human failing.
 
Before I am justly crucified here, I should add that it was the political achievement of the Polish trade union Solidarność to stage the first successful resistance in the Communist East from 1980-1989 and that its success inspired the ensuing breakup of the Eastern Bloc, facilitated the expansion of the European Union and much of the economic and political spring of the Nineties. I don't know much of the Polish political culture but given these historical facts it seems comprehensible, if certainly not negligible, that they have a political cultural which tends to overlook some amount of neo-nazi taboo breaking which would be heavily sanctioned in WWII aggressor countries like Germany or Austria. 
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