Then and Now

June 1980
National Review;6/13/1980, Vol. 32 Issue 12, p704
The article relates the experience of U.S. skier Harriet Jackson during the start of the Nazi reign in Russia in 1938. It is a glorious day and the skiers are high on the slopes above the village. The silence is broken by the roar of several planes overhead and the sun is darkened. The troops and armored battalions of Adolf Hitler step down the street of Arlberg village. The president of the Arlberg Ski Club received a letter from Kandahar Ski Club president Arnold Lunn, announcing that his club had decided the Arlberg-Kandahar races would not be held that year. Jackson retains few mementos of the event: a stiff knee from a racing injury, a silver swastika she collected and a continuing sense of pride that she was one of the skiers who said no to Hitler.


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