Communist Propaganda of the 20th Century

Communist Propaganda of the 20th Century

propaganda - 'noun', information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote a political cause or point of view (Compact Oxford Dictionary).

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Czechoslovak Spartakiades (2)

Czechoslovak Spartakiades by Julius Chvalny.  Hardcover book published by Orbis Press Agency, Prague.  Text is in Russian, English, German, French and Spanish.

Some interesting highlights from this publication.
The first Spartikiade took place in Prague as far back as 1921.
Today Czechoslovak Spartakiades are held in the Strahov stadium in Prague, the largest stadium in the world.
The Strahov stadium can accommodate almost a quarter of a million spectators.
Almost 28,000 gymnasts can perform at one time on the grounds of the Strahov stadium.
Over half a million gymnasts took part in the first Spartikiade held in 1955 on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the liberation of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Army.
In 1960 more than two million spectators viewed two four-programme cycles of Spartikiade performances.
In 1965 a total of 1,365,514 gymnasts performed in 410 district and county Spartikiades.
The summer part of the 1975 Spartakiade competitions was participated in by a total of 2,714,666 gymnasts.

The composition for older pupils was designed for boys between 12-14 years old; it had elements of both gymnastic and athletic prowess

In county Spartikiades 27,133 gymnasts showed their physical fitness in the composition for men, and 11,529 participated in the culminating performance in Prague

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