Guy Walters – New Statesman

... The Olympic Games themselves are a bit fascist. Essentially, both Olympism and fascism are secular religions that venerate the human body and seek the triumph of the will ... Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, celebrations of the Olympiads and fascist rallies grew increasingly indistinct. Both were quasi-religious experiences, complete with increasingly sophisticated rites and rituals, and adorned with striking iconography. Even their salutes looked the same ... When the Games went to Berlin in 1936, the union between the two movements was blessed. In many ways, the Berlin Olympics were the ultimate Olympic Games, because the Nazis were the only people who really "got" Olympism.