Olympic Torch relay pioneered at Nazi Games
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From classical Greece, mist clears to reveal white marble images in Myron’s celebrated statue of an athlete poised to launch a discus in the prologue to Leni Riefenstahl’s , “Olympia” remarkable documentary film.
The sculptured Greek ideal of physical beauty with pictures of a shot putter, a javelin thrower and rhythmic gymnasts.
Finally, flame floods the screen followed by a bare-chested runner embarking on the first torch relay of the modern Olympics.
The relay footage is both haunting and disturbing like the remainder of Riefenstahl’s lengthy masterwork.
In Greece the Olympia torch travels through Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Austria and Czechoslovakia to Berlin and the 1936 Nazi Games. It is a journey the German army was destined to retrace.
Under the gaze of German Chancellor Adolf Hitler , Greece lead the 51 nations parading at the opening ceremony.
During the inter-war years the flame, the five rings, the Olympic oath, the hymn and the anthems were products of the
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