How Hitler Won the Olympic Games - The Berlin Olympics | BETWEEN 2 WARS I 1936 Part 3 of 3

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How Hitler Won the Olympic Games - The Berlin Olympics | BETWEEN 2 WARS I 1936 Part 3 of 3 5

The Berlin Olympics in 1936 were a masterfully played piece of Nazi Propaganda, where they framed their race as physically superior and their ideology as modern, organised and cultured while also ostensibly downplaying their anti-internationalism racism and anti-semitism. But the Germans didn't embrace sports for friendly competition. They did so for something very different.

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Written by: Joram Appel
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Research by: Joram Appel
Edited by: Daniel Weiss
Sound design: Marek Kaminski

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The 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics and Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Olympics were the first true modern olympic games. Many of the now staples of the Olympic games were introduced for the first time by the nazis. But magnificent as they might have been, the intent of the Germans was not really to advance the vision of the internationalist and pacifist goals of the Olympic games. And while we do realise that many of the characteristics of the 1936 Olympics – how it was used to push a certain national image or to strengthen nationalism, could be said of more recent editions of the Olympics as well. And while sports and international institutions are still today being used to push alternate agendas, we'd rather not discuss them in the comment section here as this is a history channel – not a current affairs channel.
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Author — TimeGhost History


It's deeply ironic that Jesse Owen's fantastic performance has been spun nowadays as a slight to Hitler, while the Nazis themselves spun it as a slight to the USA.

Author — Vidyaorszag


These scripts are incredibly detailed and Indy is a skilled narrator.

Author — Gang Weed


"Germany, less racist than you thought" could be a slogan for a travel agency, or a modern PR campaign.

Author — bjsmith503


"Hitler didn't snub me; it was our president who snubbed me. The president didn't even send me a telegram." - Jesse Owens

Author — Antti Björklund


This nice video reminded me a story of one Polish athlete who took part in Olimpic Games '36. Her name was Maria Kwaśniewska and she won bronze medal in javelin throw. After the flower ceremony Hitler congratulated her and it was taken them a photo. During World war II exactly during Warsaw Uprising Maria lived in suburbs of Warsaw. Germans created there a camp for Poles which had been chased out from Warsaw. Maria went there as a sanitary driver to help prisoners leave the camp. She was able to get to the medical barrack because she showed the gendarmes the photo with her and Hitler and when they saw it they let her get. After that Maria hid prisoners in her medical van and left the camp. It was very dangerous and risky but she had no fear to rescue other people. Thanks to her and her little photo from Olimpic Games many Poles avoid disposal to Reich or Auschwitz. I am Polish and I admire Maria's courage and cleverness. Apart from her there were other great Polish athletes who sacrified themselves during those terrible times.

Author — Weronika Wróbel


"The Brits beat the Canucks..."
Canada: *_THIS MEANS WAR_*

Author — moosemaimer


Indy "That is not quite the case" Neidell

Author — A Asante


Jesse Owens:

“When I passed the Chancellor he arose, waved his hand at me, and I waved back at him. I think the writers showed bad taste in criticizing the man of the hour in Germany.”

“Hitler didn’t snub me – it was Franklin D. Roosevelt who snubbed me. The president didn’t even send me a telegram.”

– Jesse Owens: The Jesse Owens Story, 1970

Author — Wahrheitsfinder


14:39 "For the most part, it was a regular sports with... Sports."

Me: Exactly how I feel about most sports events XD

Author — dm7111722


Odd how Hitler 'honoured' Jesse Owens, but FDR and the rest of the American government did not. Weird how history is.

Author — DSC


I was waiting for like 20min to see what Indy was going to do with that Coca-Cola glass :D

Author — Nelson Vides


We finaly are in hoi4's start date.

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“The brits beat the canucks”

Grumbles in canadian

Author — A_HUMAN


Jesse Owens rightly became an icon, winning 4 Gold Medals including the 200m. Less well known is Mack Robinson, who took the silver in the 200m. Mack was the older brother of another major icon, Jackie Robinson. For those who are outside the US, Jackie was the man who broke Major League Baseball's color barrier in 1947.

Author — Bob Kitchin


If modern nationalism in Olympic Games may seem strange and contradictory to the Olympic ideals: _"Despite their common cultural traits, we can safely state that through the entire antiquity, ancient Greeks were more Athenians, Spartans, Thebans or Corinthians and less Greeks. Their local political identity was so strong that it could never come close or surpass the limits of the panhellenic consciousness. Their cultural unity, the Greekness, was mostly manifested through the need of confrontation, mainly through the panhellenic sanctuaries. In ancient Greece we had a panhellenism of confrontation instead of a panhellenism of composition"_ Valavanis Panos, "Ancient Greeks and the panhellenic consciousness in the great sanctuaries", in the collective "Hellene, Roman, Greek. Collective designations and identities", (Greek) Athens 2018, p.60

Author — V. Athanasiou


Been watching since the Great War 1917 and I have to say: Indy, this is one of the best if not the best work of anything you have done so far. I'm upping to 20 a month on Patreon, and keep up this sacred work

Author — DahvPlays


Some of the people weren't actually giving the Nazi salute at the Olympics. The Olympics does have its own official salute, it just happens to be extremely similar to the heil. That confused people even at the time who couldn't tell which one they were doing. They technically still have it as their official salute but no one uses it because it looks too similar.

Author — CreatorUser


Why do the bad guys always have such good PR skills?

Author — Simon Turner


You'd think a romantic revival of a pagan sporting event where the world's nations compete on the grounds of their physical fitness would have appealed to the nazis.
Thank you for the elaborate explanation.

Author — Williamz