This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Effect Of The 1936 Berlin Olympics On The Nazi's Persecution Of The Jews And The Road To World War 2

1808 words - 7 pages

A. Plan of Investigation
This investigation assesses the effect of the 1936 Berlin Olympics on the Nazi’s persecution of the Jews and the road to World War II. Hitler used the 1936 Olympics as a major source of propaganda, and wanted to show the world that Germany was a successful country with a rising economy. This investigation will look at how he used the Games to further his cause and how successful he was in achieving these goals. Originally inspired by the book The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel Brown, this investigation will also use other books about the 1936 Olympics, such as The Nazi Olympics and Nazi Games, as well as scholarly journal articles.

B. Summary of Evidence
Berlin was chosen as the site of the 1936 Olympics in 1931, five years before the actual event, and two years before Adolf Hitler came to power (Bachrach 9). World War I had caused the 1916 Olympics in Berlin to be canceled (Bachrach 11), and Germany was not invited back to the Olympics after World War I until 1928 (Bachrach 12). Hitler and the Nazis started gaining power in the 1930s (Bachrach 16), with their ultimate goal to create one big German community composed of Germany and German-speaking people in surrounding countries, and conquer eastern countries to “gain more land for this united Germanic population…” (Bachrach 17). The Nazi’s persecution began with opponents of Hitler, who they arrested and put in prison or concentration camps (Bachrach 18). This persecution extended to other races as well, mainly Jews (“Hitler”). Hitler’s “purification” of the German race encompassed every part of the culture, including sports. Jews were excluded from participating on the German team, destroying many athlete’s careers (Streissguth 38). The United States discussed boycotting the Olympics, ultimately deciding not to (Potts). However many individual athletes chose to boycott the German Olympics in protest (Bachrach 61).
Hitler used these Olympics as a major propaganda event for the Nazis and Germany. Joseph Goebbels, a dedicated Nazi, became Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda, and “built a machinery of thought control” (“Joseph”). Goebbels “strictly censored the German press, radio, and film industries” (Bachrach 83) so that everyone saw and heard exactly what he wanted them to. Leni Riefenstahl, a talented filmmaker, was sponsored by Hitler to produce a two part documentary of the Olympics called Olympia, which was widely viewed and adored (“Leni”). Soon after the Olympics ended, Hitler decided that “within four years’ time Germany must be militarily and economically ready for war” (Large 316). However, at this time and for the next few years the IOC, the International Olympic Committee, lauded the Berlin Olympics and Nazi Germany as “a great steward of Olympic ideals” (Large 317). Riefenstahl’s film won first place at the 1938 Venice Film Festival (Bachrach). During this time, the Nazis resumed their anti-Jewish campaign, and in 1938, the Nazis invaded...

Find Another Essay On The Effect of the 1936 Berlin Olympics on the Nazi's Persecution of the Jews and the Road to World War 2

The Spanish Civil War of 1936

1157 words - 5 pages Catholicism. These wars and the founding of the First Spanish Republic in 1873 started to establish tendencies in the Spanish concept of the state that, along with other reasons, would later climax in the Civil War of 1936.On February 16th of 1936 a progressive Popular Front government (composed of liberals, Socialists, and Communists) was elected. To upset the conservatives, immediately after the election the Popular front released all left-wing

Effect of road salt on the environment

1445 words - 6 pages sodium and chlorine can also cause problem with water balance in the human body.As well as surface water, ground water is also affected by road salting. Although the effects are not as great as ground water, they still pose problems to the environment. The problems are based on the salt ions. The salt ions interact with heavy metal that fall to the bottom of the body of water. An example of this is when sodium and chlorine ions compete for

Persecution of Jews during World War II

761 words - 3 pages away to gas chambers and killed. The Nazis knew that if any information about the Genocide of Jews leaked out to the outside world, it would cost them war. To prevent any information from getting out they disposed the dead bodies by burning them. Hundreds of bodies were piled onto each other to be burnt away from existence. The Jews that were selected were moved into concentration camps where they were forced to work for long hours. On their

The Effect of the First World War on Women's Rights

3310 words - 13 pages The Effect of the First World War on Women's Rights By 1918, when the war had ended, there had been a change of attitude towards women and the right to vote. The Representation of the People Act gave the vote to some women and before the war all attempts by the women's movement to get the vote passed through Parliament had failed. Therefore, the work done by women in the war (1914-1918) proved to be very important in

Persecution and Protection of Religious Beliefs Around the World

915 words - 4 pages should be a special provision in protection of religious liberties. It seems to me that there is not any specialty in religion that should be protected more. However, according to our experiences around the world, there are some features and potential risks in the nature of religion that necessitate specific regulatory measures. Basically there is nothing special about religious liberties which can make them more important. In fact the mere

The Holocaust: Genocide of Jews During World War II

1481 words - 6 pages The Holocaust, what is the true depth of the word? As sad as it may seem, it had the most damaging effects on the human mind in history. Many horrific events consisting of genocide of Jews during World War II came to play during the Holocaust. Accounts of life during the genocide of the Jewish culture emerged among of which are Elie Wiesel’s memoir Night, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Letters to George C. Marshall, Mein Kampf and The Jewish

The Effect of World War One on Civilian Life

4203 words - 17 pages The Effect of World War One on Civilian Life World War one began in 1914 when Great Britain declared war on Germany, this war was different to all previous wars for several reasons; it was the first war, which involved so many nations, and also where people at home were affected very greatly indeed. The war affected everyone, not just the soldiers, for the first civilians were killed or injured by German Zeppelins

The Effect of World War I on Civilians

1247 words - 5 pages The Effect of World War I on Civilians World War one was a military conflict which took place between 1914 and 1918. It involved many European countries as well as America and other countries around the world. This war was one of the most violent and destructive in European history. World War I was the first total war. Once the war began, the countries involved mobilized their entire populations and economic resources

Effect of World War I on The United States

972 words - 4 pages World War I began in 1914 as a result of several things including alliances and nationalism throughout the world, and imperialistic nations attempting to gain more global power. The United States tried to stay with the foreign policy known as isolationism and stay completely out of the war. However, due to Germany’s severe actions, America was forced to enter the war in 1917 on the side of the Allies. This greatly helped the Allies in

The Effect of Monarchs on World War One

1971 words - 8 pages German empire in 1890, and embarked on a path to destruction. One could say it all started with the publishing of a book, "The Influence of Sea Power" upon history, by Alfred Mahan, a failed sailor, but successful professor, who taught at the American naval war college. The book's theme was the necessity of a naval force in the recipe for world, and it became the favorite novel of the Kaiser. He went as far as to make it mandatory reading for his

The Road to World War II

623 words - 2 pages The end of the First World War left those on both sides tired, bitter, and disillusioned with the war itself. For the Americans, who had no wish to go in the first place, the effect of the death toll would weigh heavily upon their souls. The German soldiers, on the other hand, were bitter and angry by the outcome of the war, feeling they were forced to surrender against their will by their government. These details will play a major role in the

Similar Essays

The Nazi Olympics Of 1936 Essay

793 words - 4 pages place (“Olympics”). Selected before Hitler’s rise to power, the International Olympic Committee chose Berlin as the host city in May of 1931 as a gesture of renewed acceptance after their defeat in World War I (“Party”). Little did they know of the violent path the country would continue on in the coming years. Leading up to the Games, Germany was becoming less and less tolerant to non-Aryans. German athletes without blond hair, blue eyes, or the

Nazi Persecution Of The Jews Before, And During The Second World War

1193 words - 5 pages the years between 1940 and 1945, a great deal of events had unfolded. More than 33,000 Jews from Kiewe were murdered by a special squad on 29th -30th September of 1941; Hitler declares war on the USA on the 11th December. The Nazi's tried to keep the massacres secret, so the public don't find out and revolt, or if the outside world found out then something would've had started, but this plan didn't go so well, the allies were starting to become aware and on the 17th December the allies declared that those guilty of killing Jews, will be punished after the war

The Corruption Of 1936 Germany Olympics

1890 words - 8 pages is unethicall, and cannot be described without words like catastrophe, annihilation, and disturbing. Hitler and the Nazi party used the Olympics as a means to assure the world that there was no cause for serious concern through the use of deception and propaganda; their success in alleviating growing concerns allowed them to continue in their persecution of Jews and others. Background of the Olympics, before the Olympics Hitler has had a

The Persecution Of The Jews During Wwii

895 words - 4 pages The time period of 1933 to 1945 during World War II was a brutal and devastating period for Jews around the world. This was a mass murder of over six million Jews, called the Holocaust. This event was led by German leader Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party. The Nazi’s said “they were superior to the Jews and that the Jews were inferior to the German racial community.” So they were sent to Ghettos where they were forced to live there cut out from