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How the Nazis Stole the Olympic Dream
by Guy Walters
- Genres: history, sports
- ISBN: 9780060874124 (0060874120)
- Publisher: Wm Morrow/HarperCollins (NYC)
- Language: english
- Author: Guy Walters
- Format: hardcover, 384 pages
- Release date: August 8, 2006
About The Book
In 1936, Hitler welcomed the world to Berlin to attend the Olympic Games. Visitors came to see not only a magnificent sporting event, but also a showcase for the rebuilt Germany. No effort was spared to present the 3rd Reich as the world’s newest power. Swastikas fluttered next to Olympic rings from freshly painted buildings. Butter was hoarded weeks in advance to conceal shortages. There was a pause in the implementation of anti-Semitic measures. But beneath the surface, the 11th Olympiad came to act as a crucible for the political forces that were gathering to threaten the world. The ’36 Olympics were the most political sporting event of the last century. Far from being a mere meeting of sportspersons, it was a clash between barbarism & civilization. Berlin Games is the history of those two August weeks foreshadowing the coming conflict. It’s the story of athletes. It’s also a tale of the Nazi machine that attempted to use the Games as a model of Aryan superiority & fascist efficiency. Furthermore, it’s an indictment of the manipulative figures — politicians, diplomats & Olympic officials — who vied for power & glory in different sorts of games whose results would have profound consequences for the world. Drawing on original research & interviews with surviving participants, Walters has produced a history filled with intrigue, sport, sex & infamy — a record of a time that haunts us to this day.
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