Audi symbol related to Olympic rings via Nazism (National SocialistGerman Workers Party)
In his article published in the "Olympic Revue" the official magazine of the International Olympic Committee in November 1992, the American historian Robert Barney explains that the idea of the interlaced rings came to Pierre de Coubertin when he was in charge of the USFSA, an association founded by the union of two French sports associations and until 1925, responsible for representing the International Olympic Committee in France: The emblem of the union was two interlaced rings (like the vesica piscis typical interlaced marriage rings) and originally the idea of Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung because for him the ring meant continuity and the human being.
The Olympic ring symbol was used to promote Leni Riefenstahl's Olympic work, including the movie "Olympia." rexcurry.net/olympic-rings-symbol-audi.jpg
The official Olympic salute originated in the USA's Pledge of Allegiance, which used a stiff-armed salute, and was also the origin the Nazi salute and Nazi behavior adopted later under German National Socialism.
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Francis Bellamy (author of the Pledge) was cousin and cohort of Edward Bellamy and they were both national socialists in the United States long before their dogma spread to Germany and worldwide. The Bellamys and socialist schools in the United States influenced German National
Socialism, its dogma, symbols and rituals.
The National Socialist German Workers' Party began in 1920, and achieved electoral breakthroughs in 1930, and dictatorship in 1933.
In 1932, Audi, Horch, Wanderer and DKW combined to form the Auto Union (AU). They adopted four rings as their logo, one for each of the founder companies. The marques were originally all based in Saxony – Audi and Horch in Zwickau, Wanderer in Chemnitz-Siegmar and DKW in Zschopau.
Adolf Hitler was aided by German unions of auto workers (compare that with how American auto workers in their unions have aided national socialist policies in the USA, including those of Barack Obama, and the unions were repaid with General Motors -Government Motors- and as the Europeans chewed up the GM European division). The Audi rings were joined in a union to glorify the union of socialists in Germany under Hitler.
During German National Socialism, the race track in Saxony developed its stylized "S" letter for "Sachsenring" that imitates the swastika's "S" for "socialism." It led to similar swastika-style symbolism that the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics used for its Sachsenring Trabant logo.
Together the four Audi companies could cover the whole motor-vehicle market from motorbikes to luxury cars. Audi concentrated on the sports side, Horch on producing luxury vehicles, Wanderer (whose auto division had been bought in a hostile take over) on small to medium cars, and DKW on small cars. DKW was the main brand, producing around 80% of the conglomerate's cars, and only narrowly being beaten by VW (Volkswagen) to producing Hitler's 'people's car'. The acronym "DKW" originated from "Dampf Kraft Wagen" (steam-driven wagon).
This 4-circle badge was used, originally, only on Auto Union racing cars in that period while the member companies used their own names and emblems. Often, the 4 circles contain the original symbols of Audi, Horch, Wanderer, and DKW. Wanderer used a wide winged "W" letter; Horch used a large "H" letter; DKW used the letters "DKW"; Audi used an inverted triangle and the number "1."
The leader of the National Socialist German Workers' Party had determined to make German automobiles into world leaders, in order to promote his socialism. Hitler regarded racing as an integral part of this, and consequently 500,000 Reichmarks in government subsidies were pledged to make Mercedes the leading race team in the world - Hitler was a fan of Mercedes. AU sent a senior delegation to Hitler and persuaded him that having two competing racing programs would be better than one. He agreed to split the government money between Mercedes and AU. Although AU earned themselves the enmity of Mercedes, an enemy they could never hope to match in terms of size, they also won themselves an opportunity to make their name in the racing world.
Audi still uses the German tag line "Vorsprung durch Technik." The tag line is used either in original or in its English translation "Advantage through Technology." It is an odd reminder of socialist clichés from the 1930's such as "Kraft durch Freude" ("Strength through Joy" and "Kdf"); Schönheit der Arbeit ("Beauty of Labor"); "Arbeit macht frei" ("Work brings Freedom"). The "Strength through Joy" program was part of a scheme to provide holidays to workers at inexpensive rates, and was related to the "Beauty of Labor" office. When the early VW versions were introduced, Hitler abruptly changed the name of the car to KdF Wagen. The word "Volkswagen" itself meant "people's car" (cf. "folk's wagon"). Near the end of World War II many men, both young and old, were called upon to serve in the "People's Army " (Volksturm).