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Official Olympics Twitter account looks back fondly...on Berlin 1936

July 24, 2020

11:53 AM

24 July 2020

11:53 AM

Given this year’s Tokyo games had to be called off because of the COVID pandemic, you would think those sitting around at Olympic HQ might have a bit of spare time to brush up on their history. Judging by the official Olympic Twitter account, it would seem not.

Some social media whizz-kid has decided to put together an inspirational vid celebrating the 1936 Berlin Olympics, complete with archive film of the Olympiastadion and a rousing classical number.

The post noted that the Nazi-organized games were the first in which a cauldron was used for the Olympic flame.

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A fascinating historical tidbit, but perhaps overshadowed by the fact that Hitler’s fascists barred German Jews from participating in the games and interned hundreds of Romani Berliners in a concentration camp.

Somewhat inevitably, the post has now been deleted…

This article was originally published on The Spectator s UK website.

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