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Description1936 Summer Olympics Torch, Berlin The Berlin Olympic Games of 1936 took place exactly in between when Adolf Hitler came to power and the start of World War II. Hitler saw the Games as an incredible marketing opportunity to showcase the Aryan supremacy of Germany's 'master race' on the world stage. The most lavish Olympic spectacle up to that time and the first ever to be televised, the 1936 Games saw Jesse Owens set four world records (to Hitler's dismay) and the United States refuse to dip its flag in the opening ceremony.
Sculptor Walter Lemcke designed this 27-centimeter-high metal torch which was produced by the German manufacturer Krupp, with meticulously engraved words and graphics. The top platform of the torch reads: "Als Dank Dem Trager. Organisations Komitee Fur Die XI Olympiade Berlin 1936." Translation: "As Thanks to the Exchanger. Organizing Committee for the XI Olympiad Berlin 1936."
At the top of the stem there is an incredible graphic of the Nazi Eagle clutching the Olympic Rings (which represent the five inhabited continents of the world) - a harbinger of things to come. Blow that reads: "Fackel Staffel Lauf. Olympia Berlin 1936." Translation: "Torch Relay Race." Also appearing on the stem is another amazing graphic of the path of Olympic Torch Relay, from Athens to Berlin, with the names of the cities along the way. Meanwhile, the base of the torch allows it to stand on its own when set down. Condition NRMT.
Guide Value or Estimate: $5,000 - up.
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