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Hitler’s 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin – what really happened before, during and after.

By Don Hale

Published by Coast & Country at Smashwords

Copyright 2010 Don Hale. ISBN No 978-1-907163-52-4


HITLER’S 1936 OLYMPIC GAMES IN BERLIN – Controversy, propaganda and racial problems


In 1931, when the International Olympic Committee first agreed to offer the summer games to Berlin and Germany, their selection was intended to bring the country back within a global sporting community following almost two decades of isolation.

It would however, have been impossible at that meeting, for officials to predict the astonishing rise of German Fuhrer Adolf Hitler, and the even more rapid growth and dominance of his oppressive Nazi Party.

Almost forgotten now, by many, Germany had also hosted the Winter Olympic Games of that year, which were staged at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, where Hitler’s Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels, quickly realised the true value of propaganda and distributed photographs of both he and Hitler, signing autographs and smiling with the Canadian figure skating team.

At the Berlin Games, which ran from 1-16th, August Goebbels ensured they attracted maximum publicity and again became a major propaganda coup for the Nazi Party, and ensured there were more swastikas flying proudly in the stadium than Olympic flags.

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