The Nazi Olympics Of 1936 Essay

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The Olympic Games showcase a rare opportunity for the host country to show the world their culture, hospitality, talent, and acceptance of others. The Berlin Olympics of 1936 were no exception. Declared the best of their day, Germany spared no expense to impress the thousands of tourists who flooded the country. By building of a new sports field, an enormous Olympic Stadium, and the first official Olympic Village, Germany was determined to amaze the world. Despite these lavish projects, the Nazi Olympics were, at their very core, a gleaming illusion used to hide a nation on the verge of annihilating a decade of peace.
Hitler and many of the higher Third Reich officials were not happy about ...view middle of the document...

The Black community found the boycotts hypocritical because of the civil injustice towards African Americans at home (“Party”). The boycott was voted down by the American Olympic Committee and 312 athletes, including nineteen African Americans and five Jews, went on to compete in Berlin (“Triumph”).
Fifty-one countries took part in the Nazi Olympics and were treated to an impersonation of Berlin. In order to prepare for the Olympic Games, Berlin had been sterilized and filled with propaganda. Anti-Jewish signs were taken out of windows and undesirable people, mainly gypsies and Jews, were moved to detention camps outside the city. Nearly all of Berlin’s buildings were decorated with Nazi swastikas and Olympic flags and the citizens of Berlin, who had been told to welcome tourists, were forced to be so happy that they had become irritatingly over-friendly (“Olympics”). The careful facade of tolerance kept most tourists fooled, but many athletes had no trouble seeing the results of thinly-veiled racism.
Thirteen Jews and ten African American athletes won medals in the 1936 Olympics, but Germany allowed one Olympian of distant Jewish decent to compete for them. Helene Mayer was considered to be the world’s greatest female fencer and had won gold in the 1928 Olympic Games. In Berlin, she won silver and gave the Nazi salute to Hitler on the podium (“Olympics”). While the Germans were able to dictate their own team’s...

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