Open the doors to the temple!

The conflicts generated by the First World War caused Pierre Coubertin to further increase his vision for all classes of society and the importance of history at all times in life. For him “History’s admiration will now go to the mass of obscure combatants”.In another quote, Coubertin talks about the future: “nothing will be decided without popular consente […] I expect great things of the working classes; great strength lies within them”. He even criticised the well-to-do classes for having systematically kept the proletariat away from culture: “Open the doors to the temple!” he said in 1918, “for the sake of the future of humanity”.Photo: From 1905 onwards, Coubertin used this postal value with mottos of the popular sport campaign very often (International Pierre de Coubertin Committee).

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