Sports
(883 words)

Sports

When the World War broke out, the Burgfrieden (Fortress Truce) between Turner (German workers’ sports movement) gymnasts and other athletes crumbled in the face of the possible awarding of the 1916 Olympic Games to Berlin. The Turner movement was critical of the ‘international Olympiad,’ rejecting its games as “English attempts to break records,” and not for Germans. Once it became clear that the war would last awhile, the idea grew of replacing the Olympiad with “German war games” as their “national Olympic games.” Accordingly in 1917, the Deutscher Reichsausschuss für die …

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Werth, German, “Sports”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 16 December 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0562>
First published online: 2015



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