Athletics and politics collide in a critical event for Nazi Germany and the contemporary world.The torch relay―that staple of Olympic pageantry―first opened the summer games in 1936 in Berlin. Proposed by the Nazi Propaganda Ministry, the relay was to carry the symbolism of a new Germany across its route through southeastern and central Europe. Soon after the Wehrmacht would march in jackboots over the same terrain.
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(Invited to attend a commemorative ceremony in 1986, she replied, “Although fifty years have passed since my exclusion from the German Olympic team in Berlin, my disappointment and bitterness have only slightly abated.”) As Large (And the World Closed Its Doors, 2003, etc.) shows, the exclusion o...Feb 15 2007 | Read Full Review of Nazi Games: The Olympics of 1936
In the autumn of 1945, a British tour by the Moscow Dynamos soccer team prompted George Orwell to remark that so far from furthering the brotherhood of man, sport is an unfailing cause of ill will. But then we already knew from concrete examples (the 1936 Olympic Games, for instance) that inte...Jul 08 2007 | Read Full Review of Nazi Games: The Olympics of 1936
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