[Berlin]: NP, 1937. First edition. Hardcover. Oblong octavo. Unpaginated.  leaf (Text),  leaves (Photographic plates), as issued. Original string-bound tan cloth. The text leaf features a Nazi Eagle with the following printed inscription: Meinen Olympia=Siegern und Deutschen Meistern zur Erinnerung an die unvergeßlichen Stunden bei unserem Führer am 25. 10. 1937. Weihnachten 1937 - Reichssportführer Hans von Tschammer und Osten (My Olympic champions and German champions in memory of the unforgettable hours [spent] with our Führer on October 25, 1937 - Christmas 1937 - Fac-simile signature of Minister of Sports Hans von Tschammer und Osten). This rare photo-album contains 23 silver-gelatin prints on fiber-based paper with a luster surface, pasted on heavy cardstock. They feature images of Adolf Hitler among the German medalists of both the 1936 Garmish-Partenkirchen and Berlin Olympiads, as well as other major sporting events. The event was organized at the Haus des Deutschen Sports (House of the German Sports) on October 25, 1937, and was intended to celebrate sport in Nazi Germany, as well as its champions.
The photo-album opens with photographs of the Reichsfuehrer congratulating and awarding his Minister of Sports Hans von Tschammer und Osten, followed by photographs of the Hitler among some of the best German athletes of the period, such as: Gustav "Guzzi" Lantschner (Silver medalist in the alpine skiing combined event); Heinz-Rudolf "Rudi" Cranz, who finished sixth in the alpine skiing combined event (he died on June 22, 1941 during his first day of battle on the Eastern Front); his sister Christl Franziska Antonia Cranz who won the newly established alpine combined competition in a spectacular race; Käthe Grasegger (Silver medalist in the alpine skiing combined event); Ernst Baier and Maxi Herber, Gold medalists in pair skating; Anton Gietl, Gold medalist in the 1937 German championships and, later that year, Bronze medalist at the World Weightlifting Championship in the light heavyweight class; Alfred Dompert, Bronze medalist in the 3000 metre steeple chase; Friedrich Gottlob von Stülpnagel, Bronze medalist in the 4 x 400 metre relay along with his team mates Helmut Hamann, Harry Voigt and Rudolf Harbig; Rudolf Lippert (In 1936 he and his horse Fasan won the gold medal as part of the German eventing team); Hermann Leopold August von Oppeln, Gold Medalist in the team Dressage; the German water polo team, Silver medalist in the 1936 Berlin Olympiad. There are also photographs showing Hitler in conversation with Dr Karl Ritter von Halt, President of the Committee for the organization of the Fourth Winter Olympics in Garmisch, as well as with the regional leaders of the Deutscher Reichsbund für Leibesübungen (DRL) which, until 1938, was the umbrella organization for sports during the Third Reich. On December 21, 1938, a decree was issued by Adolf Hitler changing the name to Nationalsozialistischer Reichsbund für Leibesübungen (NSRL), thereby "elevating it to an organization served by the NSDAP". This name change meant that the NSRL would be "placed under" the Nazi Party. Its seat would be the Haus des Deutschen Sports (House of the German Sports) in the Reichssportfeld (Sports Field of the Reich) in Berlin.
Each photographic plate is tissue-guarded, and most of the photographs measure appr. 3 1/4 x 4 1/2". The last photograph is the largest (4 6/8 x 7") and depicts the German athletes posing in front of the Haus des Deutschen Sports. Binding sunned and foxed on spine and along edges. Handwritten dedication removed from inside of front board, thus causing abrasion to paper at upper margin. Text and captions in German, gothic script. Binding in overall good, interior in very good, photographs in near fine to fine condition. g+ to vg. Item #39628