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The Nazi Olympics: 1936 Berlin

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum presents this Web version of an exhibition depicting the 1936 Olympics as a two-week anomaly during which Germany attempted to conceal the racist and militaristic character of the newly powerful Nazi regime and appear a tolerant host for the international games. In spite of this, some individual athletes and countries elected to boycott the 1936 Olympics. Using a variety of graphic materials such as photographs, posters, and newspaper clippings, accompanied by explanatory texts, the exhibition lays out this history in ordered sections from the rise of Nazism in Germany to concluding sections on World War II and the Holocaust. In between are sections like the Boycott and the Olympics. The former includes an account by Milton Green, the Jewish captain of the Harvard track team who took first place in pre-Olympic trials, then decided to boycott the Nazi Olympics. The latter features Nazi propaganda promoting the games, as well as images of African-Americans who participated. The concluding image of the show is a table of photographs of Olympic athletes who died in the Holocaust.
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March 24th, 2000
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April 7th, 2003 at 1:39pm
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April 7th, 2003 at 1:39pm
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