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Mensch und Sonne : Arisch-Olympischer Geist (Man and Sun : The Aryan-Olympic Spirit) (German) Hardcover – 1936

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Verlag Scherl (1936)
  • Language: German
  • ASIN: B000ZDK3MW
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,816,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a book I acquired some years ago in a 1936 German language edition. It is filled with wonderful black and white photos of nudes, male and female, printed on heavy glossy paper with text in German.

Photos are mainly by Gerhard Riebecke, but several are by Edith Boeck.

Not knowing German, I've only just become familiar with the content.

From Monash University's Dr. Michael Mau:

Dr Michael Hau,
School of Historical Studies, Faculty of Arts

Surén, Hans, 1885- 1972

Man and sunlight / by Hans Surén; authorized translation from the 67th edition by David Arthur Jones; with foreword by C. W. Saleeby. (Slough, [Eng.] : Sollux, 1927)

"A nation should be as one in the will to promote, by every means and with untiring energy, strength among its people. The upbuilding of morals and of character is closely bound up with this." The author of these lines, Hans Surén (1885-1972), was one of the most important propagators of nude gymnastics in Weimar and Nazi Germany. Born into a military family, he served as an officer in the German colony of Cameroon during World War I. After his release from British captivity, he became the director of the German army school for physical exercise in Wünsdorf near Berlin, a post he held until 1924.

"Man and Sunlight" is the English translation of his book "Der Mensch und die Sonne". Published in 1924, the book is just one in a series of bestsellers that extolled the hygienic benefits of nude gymnastics and sun bathing. Hans Surén's success as a writer was due to a message that denigrated intellectual achievements and encouraged young men to define success in life in terms of their physical development.
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