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The Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936
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The 1936 Games
The official poster for the Olympic Games, created by Nazi artist Frantz Wurbel, shows an Olympian rising above Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate. 1936.
The official poster for the Olympic Games, created by Nazi artist Frantz Wurbel, shows an Olympian rising above Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate. 1936.
—USHMM #14916/Courtesy of John Loaring
The Olympics were a perfect arena for the Nazi propaganda machine, which was unsurpassed at staging elaborate public spectacles and rallies. Choreographed pageantry, record-breaking athletic feats, and warm German hospitality made the 1936 Olympic Games memorable for athletes and spectators. Behind the facade, however, a ruthless dictatorship persecuted its enemies and rearmed for war to acquire new "living space" for the "Aryan master race."

The Museum’s exhibitions are supported by the Lester Robbins and Sheila Johnson Robbins Traveling and Special Exhibitions Fund, established in 1990.

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