Ski resort that hosted 1936 Winter Olympics applies to co-host 2018 Games

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On the surface it is a typical picture-postcard Alpine community, with wooden chalets, flower tubs and the ice-clad Zugspitze mountain looming over the valley.

If Garmisch-Partenkirchen is to realise its dream of hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics, it has some serious rebranding to do. This Bavarian ski resort has a history of anti-Semitism and last hosted the Games in 1936.

Next month a German government delegation will head to Vancouver to set out Garmisch’s joint bid with Munich and a formal submission will be made to the International Olympic Committee in March.

As if blind to its ignominious past, the bid is being led by the son of Willy Bogner, who in 1936 delivered the Olympic oath in the presence of Hitler.

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