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The uncomfortable truth about the Nazis and the Olympics

The uncomfortable truth about the Nazis and the Olympics

24 July 2021

9:00 AM

24 July 2021

9:00 AM

It’s an uncomfortable truth, but the Olympic Games in their modern form were pretty much invented by the Nazis. They came up with the idea of the torch relay, for example, the one that begins in Olympia and ends with the lighting of the cauldron at the opening ceremony. But it wasn’t the events at the 1936 Olympics that were new, so much as the way they were presented and filmed.

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