For two weeks in August 1936, Adolf Hitler’s Nazi dictatorship masked its racist, militarist character while hosting the Summer Olympic Games. To divert attention from its antisemitic agenda and plans for territorial expansion, the regime exploited the Games to dazzle spectators with an image of a peaceful, tolerant Germany.
The Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936 explores whether a controversial proposed boycott might have strengthened international resistance to Nazi tyranny and how the Nazis used the games as propaganda to further their agenda. The exhibition also includes stories of individual athletes who were barred because of their ethnic heritage, who boycotted the Games in protest, or who, like Jesse Owens, competed and won, refuting the Nazi myth of “Aryan” supremacy.
Where to See This Exhibition
July 6, 2015–January 29, 2016
The University of Texas at Austin: The H. J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports
in collaboration with The Texas Program in Sports and Media
February 21–August 28, 2016
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center