[CR]Was: GBSC sponsorship. Now: My p.o.v.

(Example: Framebuilders:Richard Moon)

To: jerrymoos@sbcglobal.net
Date: Fri, 28 May 2004 08:32:23 -0400
From: "Richard M Sachs" <richardsachs@juno.com>
cc: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Was: GBSC sponsorship. Now: My p.o.v.

to me, the irony is that it was "okay" that it was acceptable to sponsor the German Bicycle Sports Club though the colors "had to go". that's all i'll say about it. e-RICHIE®™© Richard M Sachs Chester, CT site: http://www.richardsachs.com pics: http://photos.yahoo.com/bobbesrs rants: http://richardsachs.blogspot.com/ zany: http://tinyurl.com/22xo7

On Fri, 28 May 2004 07:17:26 -0500 "jerrymoos" <jerrymoos@sbcglobal.net> writes: Understandable that a Jew who survived the Nazi era would not care for the German colors, particularly if he was raised in Europe. Proabably the majority of European Jews living in the 30's or 40's had some realtives or friends imprisoned or killed by the Nazis, even if they themselves escaped this fate. I've read this also extended to non-Jews in Eastern Europe, in that when the Peace Race was the biggest race in Soviet-controlled Eastern Europe, the East Germany riders encountered a lot of hostility from spectators who remembered the Nazi actions during the war. The Italians didn't seem to provoke the same type of hostility. The Italian fascists never seem to have been as fanatical as the Nazis, and their support of Hitler's anti-Semitism was often very half-hearted. It's been documented that in the Balkans Italian occupation officials often helped Jews escape Nazi concentration camps by issuing them Italian exit documents. So I guess after the war, most people would have had no problem with an Italian Bicycle Sport Club with red white & green colors.


Jerry Moos
Houston, TX