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The Nazi Origins of the Olympic Torch Relay

The Nazi Origins of the Olympic Torch Relay

By Dennis Loo (7/26/12)

Martin Rogers at Yahoo reports today that contrary to common opinion, the famous Olympic Torch Relay does not come from the original Greek Games but from the Nazis who invented it for the 1936 Berlin Games.

The Nazis used the Olympics to counter their image as, well, fascists. The ruse worked.

"’The Nazis used the Olympics to give the German public an exaggerated sense of national superiority that later was used in the service of military aggression,’ said Dr. Rafael Medoff, director of Holocaust Studies at the David S. Wyman Institute in Washington D.C.” (Emphasis added)

This using of sports to promote ultra-nationalism and military aggression is unique to the Nazis of the 1930, right?

Surely Olympians drinking Coke after their workouts and appearing as fronts for BP Oil etc., etc., ad nauseum and NBC keeping the medal counts updated by the minute, showing how well Team USA is doing, that’s wholly different, isn’t it?

It’s not like the U.S. is guilty of committing the supreme war crime of invading and attacking countries that have not first attacked the U.S. and it’s not like the U.S. is guilty of torturing and killing innocents, or suspending civil liberties in the name of the defense of the homeland and security.

Surely, not!

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