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Updated: March 19, 2010 17:28 IST

Hitler had once played cricket: Book

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File photo of German 'Fuehrer' Adolf Hitler. Photo: AP
AP File photo of German 'Fuehrer' Adolf Hitler. Photo: AP

Adolf Hitler, the German dictator, had once played cricket and had wanted to “Nazify” the game by rewriting its rules, according to a new book.

The book says that after the game, the Fuhrer had “advocated the withdrawal of the use of pads” because the “artificial bolsters” were “unmanly and un-German“.

Hitler “advocated the withdrawal of the use of pads. These artificial ‘bolsters’ he dismissed as unmanly and un-German.

He also recommended a bigger and harder ball,” John Simpson wrote in the book on 20{+t}{+h}-century reporting, citing a piece of article in the Daily Mirror in 1930.

The Fuhrer, had an ulterior motive for wanting to learn the game. “He desired to study it as a possible medium for the training of troops off duty and in times of peace. He also wanted the game to be Nazified,” The Times said quoting the 1930 article.

The Mirror piece that appeared under the headline “Adolf Hitler As I Know Him” on September 30, 1930, was written by Oliver Locker-Lampson, an MP and fervent admirer of Hitler.

It revealed that the dictator was taught the rules of the game by British troops to play a friendly match against some POWs of the First World War.

In the article, Locker-Lampson describes the series of event to the only game played by Hitler.

He informs how in 1923, shortly after the Munich putsch, Hitler had asked some British POWs to teach the game and how, they (prisoners of war) have written the rules for him in the best British sport-loving spirit“.

The Locker-Lampson’s article, however, fails to inform who won the match.

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Fine that the Fuhrer learnt to play cricket for putting this leisurely game to some purposeful use. What a nuisance this has made of itself with us in India where we have ended up distorting it into an iconic pursuit and a sport but a mask for money amassing in competition with Bollywood, keeping vast masses drugged at great cost to national self esteem in the field of sports as a whole.All sports seem dead.Cricket has lost its sportsmanship elan and is now a virtual web of schemeing politicians and money churners penetrated by nefarious handlers. It is shaping our foreign policy too! Yes Hitler was a great patriot who only thought of nationalism. He will continue to be remembered in one way or the other more than any other human in recorded history.

from:  Maj. Gen. APS Chauhan
Posted on: Mar 20, 2010 at 17:10 IST
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