Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Olympic Icons Taken From Nazi Era

DAILY TIMES, PAKISTAN - The most beloved emblems of the modern Olympics have a decidedly dark past. The torch relay, which culminated in Friday’s ceremonial lighting of the flame at the Olympic stadium, was a creation of Adolf Hitler, who tried to turn the 1936 Berlin Games into a celebration of the Third Reich. And it was Hitler’s Nazi propaganda machine that popularised the five interlocking rings as the symbol of the games. Today, both are universally recognised icons of the Olympics. But historians say neither had much, if anything, to do with the games born centuries ago in Ancient Olympia.

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