Hosting the Olympic Games exactly 100 years after the Nazis staged the event would be a "bad idea" for modern-day Germany, says Horst Seehofer. But not everyone agrees.
"We would unleash an unspeakable international discussion and would thereby damage the Olympic idea," Seehofer said. "How would that be seen in the world? The Germans celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Nazi Olympics? That cannot be."
Those Olympics went down as one of the most controversial sporting occasions in history with Adolf Hitler cheering on from the stands.
Following Hamburg's decision not to bid for the 2024 summer event after locals voted against the idea in a referendum, the notion had been mooted of another attempt, possibly by an alternative German city.
Andreas Geisel from the German Olympic Sports Confederation had raised the possibility of going for the 2036 games. Geisel regarded Seehofer's comments as "absurd."
"On the contrary. This occasion could be used to show on the sports stage that Germany has learned its lesson from history.
"One hundred years after 1936, we are talking about a completely different country: a democratic, liberal and open-minded country," Geisel affirmed.
African-American Jesse Owens won four gold medals at those Olympics in Berlin, much to the chagrin of an on-watching Hitler.
jsi/rt (dpa, AFP)