A chilling New York Times article from November 6, 1935 reported that German Chancellor Adolf Hitler promised International Olympic Committee (IOC) chairman Count Henry Baillet-Latour that he would take down anti-Jewish signs during the two week period of the Berlin Olympics of 1936.
The NYT article added that Baillet-Latour was “well satisfied” with Hitler’s assurances to temporarily pause his propaganda campaign of hatred against Germany’s Jewish minority.
[IOC chair Baillet-Latour] attacked energetically groups in the United States that have opposed American participation in the Berlin games. He asserted that the agitation against participation was exclusively a political campaign, citing as evidence the fact that none of the national Olympic committees now opposed having the games in Berlin.
He declared that the non-participation movement was being well financed and was “based on lies,” representing nothing more than a trump card in the hand of certain interested groups that have nothing to do with sport.
And just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse:
The Olympic boycott movement in the United States was referred to as a policy limiting the athletes’ freedom, while the International Olympic Committee’s policy was cited as a policy of freedom giving the individual the right to decide of his own free will.
Last week the IOC declared that it was seeking a two week suspension of Russia’s anti-gay law which bans any pro-gay statements and demonstrations in public or private and on the Internet, during the Olympic Games. The vague law allows police officers to arrest tourists and foreign nationals they suspect of being homosexual, lesbian or “pro-gay” and detain them for up to 14 days and face heavy fines. Public discussion or displays of homosexuality are expressly forbidden, including same-sex kissing, holding hands, or even mentioning the word “gay.” Russia’s Interior Ministry, which controls the police force, confirmed Monday that the country’s controversial anti-gay law will be enforced during the Sochi 2014 Olympics.
“The law enforcement agencies can have no qualms with people who harbor a nontraditional sexual orientation and do not commit such acts [to promote homosexuality to minors], do not conduct any kind of provocation and take part in the Olympics peacefully,” said an Interior Ministry statement issued on Monday.
Final thought: The murder of 6 million innocent Jews, homosexuals, people with disabilities and other undesirables did not happen in one day. It began with the Nuremberg laws in 1935, which were anti-jewish laws passed to diminish the basic rights of German Jews making them lesser citizens. They were fired from their jobs, and a year later Hitler hosted the Olympics and appeased the IOC by taking down a few mean signs for two weeks in 1936.