This rare 1935 Nazi photo book about the upcoming 1936 Olympic Games
USM book # 548
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This is a very rare book, rare enough that it is found only in a few advanced libraries and archives of Olympic material.
The 7-1/2 x 10 inch, very heavily illustrated 148 page book OLYMPIA 36 eine nationale Aufgabe (Olympia 1936 - A National Mission) was published in 1935 by Reichssportverlag GmbH in Berlin on behalf of the Reichssportführer and the Propagandaausschuss (Publicity Commission) for the Olympic Games, and was assembled by Dr. Gerhard Krause and Erich Mindt. The book has a introduction by Reichssportführer Hans von Tschammer und Osten and a foreword by Guido von Mengden, a key sports figure in Nazi Germany (and post-war Germany).
Pages 17 - 56 are a spectacular photo-filled overview of the ancient Olympic Games with maps of Olympia dating from about 400 BC onward and include an amazing photo of Olympia in the year 1881. There are excellent photos of Olympic medals from all the games of the modern era as well as photos of the venues.
Beginning at page 69 the book concentrates on the basis for the 1936 Olympic Games from Adolf Hitler's 13 November 1934 letter to the Olympic Committee announcing his intention to build the facilities for the Games in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Berlin.
There are photos of the model for the Olympic Bell, an excellent map of the Reichssportfeld grounds, excavations for the swimming facilities and the Olympic Stadium, models of the facilities (including those at Kiel-Laboe), posters for the Olympics, construction of the facilities at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the Dietrich Eckart open-air theater, the Olympic Village, athletes' rooms at the Olympic Village, Olympic wall murals, various congresses held in connection with the Olympics, advertising for the Olympics, the carrying of the Olympic torch or flame from Olympia in Greece to Berlin, etc.
From page 127 onward there is a very comprehensive program of events from track & field to boxing, fencing, shooting, bicycling, hockey, etc. covering all Olympic sports and stating the dates and venues. There is a time plan for the Olympics beginning on Thursday 6 February through Sunday 16 February 1936 at Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Wednesday 1 July through Sunday 16 August 1936 in Berlin.
This book was absolutely essential to the hundreds of Germans involved in the planning, designing, construction and operation of every aspect of the Olympic Games in Germany, and was clearly not designed for people who simply attended the Olympics.
It would have been provided to Nazi dignitaries, members of foreign Olympic Committees, architects, transportation companies, construction companies, publicity agencies, foreign governments, etc., etc. Apparently few examples of OLYMPIA 36 eine nationale Aufgabe survived as we have never seen another available for sale. Excellent original condition!
VERY RARE NAZI PHOTO BOOK INTRODUCING THE GERMAN OLYMPICS 1936
A NATIONAL MISSION -
THE HISTORY OF THE
OLYMPICS AND THE
FOR THE 1936 GAMES
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