A surprisingly rare pamphlet calling for a boycott of the 1936 Summer Olympics
Maurits Dekker. Lauwerkrans en Hakenkruis. Amsterdam, De Lantaarn, . 16 pp. Original wrappers (featuring a photomontage signed "Brögel"), stapled. Some foxing on the wrappers, otherwise in very good condition.
A surprisingly rare pamphlet calling for a boycott of the 1936 Summer Olympics, hosted by Nazi Germany; the wrapper with a wonderful photomontage by Geert Brögel.
The Nazis misuse the Olympics for their political propaganda; supporting the Summer Olympics, then, is supporting a regime that is paving the way for genocide, Dekker argues. The present pamphlet is one of several pamphlets Dekker published in the 1930's against the Nazi regime. One of them, Adolf Hitler: een poging tot verklaring, led to a conviction: Dekker was to pay a fine of f. 100 for insulting the head of a friendly state.
Maurits Rudolph Joël Dekker (1896-1962) was a revolutionary socialist author, born into a lower middle class Jewish family. As an adolescent he got by as a jack of all trades. In 1922 he was arrested under suspicion of murder, but was later released due to lack of evidence. This experience inspired his first literary publication: Doodenstad, Schetsen uit het gevangenisleven, published in installments in Het Volk in 1923. Three years later Dekker founded a bookstore and, together with his friend Frans Goedhart, he earned some extra money as a conman. During WO II he was active in the resistance, distributing amongst other things Goedhart's illegal newsletter Nieuwsbrief van Pieter ’t Hoen, before he finally went into hiding in 1944. After the war he went on to publish many literary works, but struggled to survive until his relatively early death.
Cf. DEKKER, Maurits Rudolph Joël, in: BWSA.