With all the junk in the news about the seemingly sacred Olympic
Torch, I was amused to see this story from the BBC. Have to
admit I thought the torch lighting and carrying dated back to
ancient Greece, but it was actually started by Hitler's Nazis.
Olympic Torch's Shadowy Past <click>
By Chris Bowlby
torch is being welcomed this weekend in the UK as a symbol of
the sporting spirit, uniting people around the world in peaceful
But the idea of lighting the torch at the
ancient Olympian site in Greece and then running it through
different countries has much darker origins.
invented in its modern form by the organisers of the 1936
Olympics in Berlin.
And it was planned with immense care
by the Nazi leadership to project the image of the Third