The weird case of Violette Morris

Of all stories relating to spies and collaborators during WWII this most be one of the most intriguing ones. When I first read about Violette Morris and saw the date she died,26 April 1944, I assumed she was killed for being a member of the French resistance. Why I thought that I don’t know. BornContinue reading “The weird case of Violette Morris”

The Nazi flame that still burns

It is safe to say that the Olympic Games is the biggest sporting event.Every 4 years the event attracts the attentions of hundreds of millions sports enthusiasts and also people who have very little interest in sports. for aside from the sports it is also entertainment and especially the opening ceremony. But above the sportsContinue reading “The Nazi flame that still burns”

The 1940 Summer Olympic games, the games that never happened! Or did they?

I have mentioned this before in other blogs that the IOC(International Olympic Committee) has very little to do with sports but more with politics. But I have to admit they made the right decision on the 1940 Summer Olympics, although they didn’t really have much choice in the matter. The 1940 Summer Olympics, officially knownContinue reading “The 1940 Summer Olympic games, the games that never happened! Or did they?”

Crazy Irish Priest

Unfortunately there is no other way to describe Father Neil Horan(not the One Direction dude) then crazy. On several occasions he disrupted major events and costing one athlete a GOLD medal. On 20 July 2003, Horan ran across the track at the Formula One British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit, wearing a kilt and waving a religious banner, which statedContinue reading “Crazy Irish Priest”

The Winter Olympics that never happened.

Since the 2018 Winter Olympics is only a few weeks away, it is a good time to look back at the Winter Olympic games that never happened. Sapporo was selected to be the host of the sixth edition of the Winter Olympics, scheduled February 3–12, 1940, but Japan gave the Games back to the IOC in July 1938, after theContinue reading “The Winter Olympics that never happened.”

Wiping out a sporting legacy.

Although I could not be considered to be an athlete,by any stretch of the imagination, I do enjoy walking and going for swims. Ever since I was a kid I was always very interested in the Olympic games. My home nation ,the Netherlands always tends to do well and it does give a sense ofContinue reading “Wiping out a sporting legacy.”

Munich 1972

In the early morning hours of September 5 1972, six members of the Arab terrorist group known as Black September dressed in the Olympic sweat suits of Arab nations and jumped the fence surrounding the Olympic village in Munich, Germany, carrying bags filled with guns. Although guards spotted them, they paid little attention because athletesContinue reading “Munich 1972”

The Propaganda that didn’t go as planned

Nazi Germany used the 1936 Olympic Games for propaganda purposes. The Nazis promoted an image of a new, strong, and united Germany. Their athletes were to be displayed as the perfect version of the Aryan race. The joke at the time was Aryan- Blond,Blue Eyed  and tall like Hitler,thin and athletic like Goering and theContinue reading “The Propaganda that didn’t go as planned”

The small sporting giant.

The Netherlands although densely populated it is one of the smallest countries on earth. Currently the population is close to 17 Millions. Although it is a small nation when it comes to sports it has punched way above its weight for decades. Leaving aside the recent disappointing performances by the national football team, tean NetherlandsContinue reading “The small sporting giant.”

1936 Winter Olympics-The forgotten Olympics

  The 1936 Winter Olympics, officially known as the IV Olympic Winter Games , was a winter multi-sport event which was celebrated in 1936 in the market town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bavaria, Germany. Germany also hosted the Summer Olympics the same year in Berlin. 1936 is the last year in which the Summer and WinterContinue reading “1936 Winter Olympics-The forgotten Olympics”