Historic Torch from Hitler’s 1936 Berlin Olympics to Be Auctioned in Maryland

By Alexander Historical Auctions LLC, Special for USDR

An official torch from the notorious 1936 Olympics held in Berlin will be offered for sale in Maryland on August 23-24 by Alexander Historical Auctions. The 10 ½” tall steel torch was designed by the firm of Walter E. Lemcke and made by the enormous German war manufacturers, Krupp. It is lightly engraved with a Germanic eagle clutching five Olympic rings above the legend: “FACKEL-STAFFEL-LAUF OLYMPIABERLIN 1936″ (“Torch Run Olympia-Berlin 1936″). Also illustrated is the route the flame took, from Olympia, Greece to Berlin. The top of the torch is further engraved: “ALS DANK DEM TRAGER ORGANISATIONS-KOMITEE FUR DIE XI. OLYMPIADE BERLIN 1936,” which indicates that the torch is a gift of the German Olympic Committee to the torch bearer. These torches, totaling less than 3,000, were kept by those who ran the Olympic flame — the first time it was ever run from Greece to the site of the games.

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