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Hitler's Olympics
Hitler's Olympics

Hitler's Olympics

The 1936 Berlin Olympic Games

SPORTS & RECREATION

336 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: EPUB, Mobipocket

EPUB, $2.99 (US $2.99) (CA $15.99)

Publication Date: November 2011

ISBN 9780752475387

Rights: World

The History Press (Nov 2011)

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Overview

An insightful and engaging look at the events and propaganda surrounding the 1936 Olympic Games in Germany.

The Berlin Olympic Games, more than 70 years on, remain the most controversial ever held. This book creates a vivid account of the disputes, the personalities, and the events which made these Games so memorable. Ironically, the choice of Germany as the host nation for the 1936 Olympics was intended to signal its return to the world community after defeat in World War I. In actuality, Hitler intended the Berlin Games to be an advertisement for Germany as he was creating it, and they became one of the largest propaganda exercises in history. Two German Jews competed in the Games while the most memorable achievement was that of black American Jesse Owens, who won four gold medals. Ultimately, however, Germany was the overall biggest medal winner. The popular success of Owens allowed the Nazis to claim that their policies had no racial element and charges of antisemitism that did arise were leveled at the Americans.

Author Biography

Christopher Hilton is the author of Hitler's Grand Prix in England, Mayflower, and The Women's War.