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2 good reasons to go skiing and eat meat: Hitler the vegetarian also was anti-skiing

I knew that Hitler disliked eating meat, but I wasn’t aware he also was anti-skiing. “What pleasure can there be in prolonging the horrible winter artificially by staying in the mountains?” he once said to Albert Speer. “If I had my way I’d forbid these sports, with all the accidents people have doing them.” But ...

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I knew that Hitler disliked eating meat, but I wasn't aware he also was anti-skiing. "What pleasure can there be in prolonging the horrible winter artificially by staying in the mountains?" he once said to Albert Speer. "If I had my way I'd forbid these sports, with all the accidents people have doing them."

But if National Geographic is right, there is indeed a connection: The first people to ski downhill, it avers, likely were hunters running down deer.

I knew that Hitler disliked eating meat, but I wasn’t aware he also was anti-skiing. “What pleasure can there be in prolonging the horrible winter artificially by staying in the mountains?” he once said to Albert Speer. “If I had my way I’d forbid these sports, with all the accidents people have doing them.”

But if National Geographic is right, there is indeed a connection: The first people to ski downhill, it avers, likely were hunters running down deer.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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