The Octogenarians

On the eve of the 2016 summer Olympics(The day before in fact) Public television took us back to the 1936 Olympics of Munich  and Adolf Hitler memory.It was sad to see that much of the modern pageantry(torch relay and lighting,Olympic salute of  Greco-roman origin but close enough to the Sieg Heil salute to be exploited by Hitler and the Nazis,came from that event.The systematic exclusion of Jewish athletes((eerily recalled by the murder of Jewish athletes in 1972 Munich))was also a lowlight of that 1936 event.The wretched behavior of Avery Brundage and the IOC and the weak opposition of the AAU(followed by total  capitulation) was notable.The Nazi enabled German team won the medal count(despite Jesse Owens)and Brundage and his allies were rewarded financially and honorifically by Nazi Germany.Germany was awarded the 1940 winter games,this last monstrous act was interrupted by the series of blitzkriegs and capped by the invasion of Poland…

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