Berlin Games

Berlin Games

How the Nazis Stole the Olympic Dream

Book - 2006
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"Berlin Games. In 1936, Adolf Hitler welcomed the world to Berlin to attend the Olympic Games. Visitors from all over the globe came to see not only a magnificent sporting event, but also a showcase for the newly rebuilt Germany. No effort was spared to present the Third Reich as the world's newest power. Swastikas fluttered next to the Olympic rings from the balconies of freshly painted buildings. Butter was hoarded weeks in advance in order to convince visitors that there were no shortages. There was even a pause in the implementation of anti-Semitic measures. But beneath the surface, the Games of the Eleventh Olympiad of the Modern Era came to act as a crucible for the dark political forces that were gathering to threaten the world. The 1936 Olympics were nothing less than the most political sporting event of the last century. Far from being a mere meeting of sportsmen and -women, it was an epic clash between proponents of barbarism and those of civilization, both of whom tried to use the Games to promote their own values. Berlin Games is the complete history of those fateful two weeks in August that would foreshadow the bloody conflict soon to come."
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, ©2006
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780060874124
0060874120
Branch Call Number: 796.48 W235b 2006
Characteristics: xiv, 368 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

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A look at the planning, execution and aftermath of the 1936 Olympics. The book covers the political situation in Germany, the key athletes and the world's perception of the events as they were portrayed in the press.


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