In addition to the original sections on so-called 'degenerates' in
music, philosophy, art, science, film and theatre, the revised
edition contains a new chapter on 'degenerate' Sport.
For Goebbels, the sole point of sport was 'to strengthen the
character of the German people, imbuing it with the fighting spirit
and steadfast camaraderie necessary in the struggle for its
existence'. Fundamentally different from this philosophy was the
ethos of peace and friendly competition between different nations
that characterised the Olympic Games.
On taking power, the Nazis moved quickly to purge sport of Jews,
gypsies and other 'undesirables', regardless of their talent. But
Germany was scheduled to host the 1936 Olympic Games: despite his
contempt for the olympic ethos, Hitler was determined to make it a
spectacular event, a showcase for the 'New Germany'. This chapter
tells how he achieved this in the face of interational threats of
boycott, and the unwitting part played by blonde fencer Helene Mayer,
the only Jew in the German team.
Here, too, is the tragic story of gypsy boxer 'Rukelie' Trollmann:
the Nazis stripped him of his light-heavyweight championship title
after just eight days, then forced him to choose between
sterilisation and internment. He chose sterilisation, but they
interned him anyway, and eventually they shot him.