Remembering the People’s Olympiad 76 years later
In 1936, the Spanish left drew up plans for a ‘People’s Olympiad’ in Barcelona to protest the Olympics in Hitler’s Berlin. Events included not only the traditional Olympic venue, but
chess, an art exhibition and non-competitive displays of gymnastics, baseball, handball and the folk songs and dances of the world,
Though the Spanish Olympiad drew great public support, the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War ended any hopes of it ever coming to fruition. However, more than 13,000 documents relating to the Olympiad have now been digitized by the University of Warwick in an album accessible under the title “Trabajadores: The Spanish Civil War through the eyes of organised labour”.
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