The Corruption Of 1936 Germany Olympics

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What comes to mind when you think of the Olympics; Competitions, Medals, Races, Winter-Summer, Freedom? There’s more to it than meets the eye, especially when the Olympics you’re referring to is the 1936 Olympics in Germany. The actions of a corrupt Fuehrer, and a nation under his ruthless control take hold of a national spectacle and control it and manipulate it to his own desire. What occurred behind the scenes and prior to this wondrous event 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 long plan for the future of Germany. Everything he had worked to do really started in June. June 30, 1934, operation Hummingbird went underway. {Yenne 143} This was a mission led by Hitler to exterminate the competition for the upcoming election. This ensured Hitler’s victory and his reign of terror could officially begin. {Yenne 143} Just in time for the 1936 Olympic games. From February 6 to February 16, 1936, Germany hosted the Winter Olympics at Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the Bavarian Alps. Giving into the international Olympic leaders' insistence on “fair play,” German officials allowed Rudi Ball, who was half-Jewish, to compete on the nation's ice hockey team. (U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum) During the winter games, western journalists observed and reported troop maneuvers at Garmisch. As a result, the Nazi regime would minimize the military's presence at the Summer Olympics.
The 1936 Olympic Games were set for Germany; in August 1936, Olympic flags and swastikas decorated the monuments and houses of a festive, crowded Berlin. Most tourists and passer by’s were unaware that the Nazi regime had temporarily removed anti-Jewish signs. (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)

The Beginning plots for the Olympics and the Nazi regime plan
The TRUE beginning of the 1936 Olympic Games was on May 26, 1930. This was when the German Olympic Committee met with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Berlin to petition for the hosting rights to XI Olympic games; other applicant cities were Barcelona, Istanbul, Frankfurt am Main, and Nierenberg. Berlin was supposed to host the games in 1916, but these were cancelled due to WWI. (Shenkman) Despite the other host city attempts the numbers were overwhelming, By a vote of 43:16, Berlin beat out Barcelona as the next host city (no Spanish delegates in fact showed up to the meeting and there were approximately 80 abstentions) (Shenkman). The IOC regrouped a bit as it tried to figure out what to do next in the light of so many no-votes. The voters that didn’t show were over 50% of the voting section for the Olympics....

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