This week in the War, 29 April–5 May 1940: Let the games NOT begin

This week in the war, on 1 May 1940, the Olympic Games that were originally scheduled to be held that fall in Tokyo were officially cancelled by the International Olympic Committee. They would not resume until 1948.
In stalag XIII-A, a group of prisoners kept the flame alight by staging an unofficial International Prisoner-of-War Olympic Games in August 1940. An Olympic flag was made from a prisoner’s shirt, and the nations represented included Belgium, France, Great Britain, Norway, Poland, and the Netherlands. In 1979, Polish movie director Andrzej Kotkowski made Olimpiada 40. A scene from this movie is shown above on the right.

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