Amsterdam’s Olympic Stadium removes misinterpreted statue

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Much in the same way that the swastika went from being a religious symbol to being a Nazi one, the official olympic salute with extended arm stopped being used after WWII because it resembled the ‘Hitler greeting’.

That being said, the statue by The Hague sculptor Gra Hueb at Amsterdam’s Olympic Stadium was inaugurated in 1928 for the Olympic Games in Amsterdam and had nothing to do with the Nazis. It was placed in honour of Baron Van Tuyll van Serooskerken, the first chairman of the Dutch Olympic Committee who successfully brought the Games to the Netherlands. The stadium is not too far from 24 Oranges HQ and is still in use.

As a sign of the times – for better or worse – historians and the Olympic Stadium folks decided to remove it and place it somewhere else in the stadium instead of prominently at the entrance.

(Link and photo: parool.nl)

2 Comments »

  1. Not sure I agree with the “nothing to do with the Nazis”.

    See https://nltimes.nl/2020/08/14/fascist-statue-removed-olympic-stadium-amsterdam

    Comment by Concerned — September 2, 2020 @ 3:20 pm

  2. At the time, it didn’t. I don’t think you can justify something by going back in time and applying logic retroactively.

    Comment by Orangemaster — September 2, 2020 @ 3:31 pm

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