The story of the 1936 Olympics in Berlin and how Nazi Germany took advantage of the event for propaganda purposes.




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Credited cast:
Susan D. Bachrach ...
Herself - Author of 'Nazi Olympics'
Eric Brown ...
Himself - Spectator at 1936 Olympic Games (as Captain Eric Brown)
Jonathan Kydd ...
Margaret Lambert ...
Herself - German High Jump Record Holder
Nicholas O'Shaughnessy ...
Himself - Author of 'Selling Hitler: The Marketing of the Third Reich'
Jeremy Schaap ...
Himself - Author of 'Triumph: Jesse Owens and Hitlers Olympics' / ESPN Journalist
Guy Walters ...
Himself - Author of Berlin Games, How Hitler Stole the Olympic Dream


In 1930, Germany was awarded the privilege of hosting the 1936 Olympic Games. However, that gesture to bring Germany back into the world community became problematic when the Nazis took over the nation in 1933, both domestically and internationally. However, a reticent Hitler was persuaded to let the event proceed for his own purposes even as the international sporting world wrestled with the moral choice of attending. What followed from those moral struggles was a tournament originally intended to foster international brotherhood being twisted into a nationalistic celebration of supposed German Aryan superiority that even the legendary athletic triumphs of African-American Olympic great Jesse Owens could not puncture completely. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (

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Hitler and the Olympics
22 August 2016 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Hitler's Olympics (2016)

*** (out of 4)

Sports, political and history experts are on hand to discuss the 1936 Olympics and how Hitler used them to his advantage as he tried to show off for the world and show that Germany was a major force. This documentary covers how Germany ended up with the games, how Hitler almost rejected them and what changed his mind. From here we take a look at some of the most memorable events including the opening ceremony as well as Jesse Owens race for history. If you're unfamiliar with the 1936 Olympics then this certainly offers up a lot of good information about the event. There's a lot of information on display here that people unfamiliar with the history will enjoy. With that said, if you're already familiar with the history then it's doubtful that you're going to learn anything new here. At just 44 minutes there's no question that this could have been much more detailed but there are a couple interviews with people who attended the Olympics and getting to hear from them was priceless.

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