- Gebundene Ausgabe: 401 Seiten
- Verlag: W W Norton & Co Inc (1. Juni 2007)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0393058840
- ISBN-13: 978-0393058840
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Nazi Games: The Olympics of 1936 (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 1. Juni 2007
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The torch relay - that staple of Olympic pageantry - first opened the summer games in 1936 Berlin. Proposed by the Nazi Propaganda Ministry, the relay was to carry the symbolism of a new Germany across its route through south-eastern and central Europe. Soon afterwards, the Wehrmacht would march in jackboots over the same terrain. The Olympic festival was a crucial part of the Nazi regime's mobilisation of power. "Nazi Games" offers a superb blend of history and sport. The narrative includes a stirring account of the international effort to boycott the games, derailed finally by the American Olympic Committee and the determination of its head, Avery Brundage, to participate. "Nazi Games" also recounts the dazzling athletic feats of these Olympics, including Jesse Owens' four gold-medal performances and the marathon victory of the Korean runner Kitei Son, the Rising Sun of imperial Japan on his bib.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
David Clay Large is professor of history at Montana State University and the author of Berlin (2000) and Where Ghosts Walked: Munich's Road to the Third Reich (1997).
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Most interestingly, Germany is the last country to hold both Winter and Summer Olympics in the same year (1936). He gives
us great insight to what the Nazi's did to hide their totalitarianism from the visiting public from free countries, but also where they failed
(one example being where speeding signs along a dangerous mountain road excluded Jewish drivers because the Nazi's did not care if they drove
off the road and were killed). Large also carefully details the good efforts provided by the German regime to make both Olympic
Games a success, including their building exceptional facilities to show the world how far they had gone under Hitler following the
overly restrictive Versailles Treaty which many historians believe was a major cause of WWII. A great historical book by an excellent writer.
"Hear no evil. See no evil. Speak no evil."
It is hard to say what effect a boycott of the '36 Games would have had on the course of history; however, there is no doubt that the success of these games fanned the flames of the wildfire that would spread across Europe beginning at the time the Summer Games were in progress. A propaganda event of unprecedented proportions.
It is the story of people who should have gotten involved and chose not to; people who should have seen the evil and chose to ignore it. The book is a testimony to the Individuals who stood up to confront the atrocities and were ridiculed and discounted.
"For evil to prevail, good men need to do nothing."
Having seen the Olympic Stadium and some of the other facilities for the first time in 1968 when little had been done to them since the war, the book does a great job of helping the reader imagine the grandeur of the stadium and surroundings.
It is both disappointing and ironic that (arguably) the two most iconic symbols of the 1936 Olympic Games are Jessie Owens and Adolph Hitler. One would have to dig fairly deep to find any definitive information on the `36 Summer Games (aside from seeing Leni Riefenstahl's remarkable and lengthy 1938 film, "Olympia"), let alone realize the Winter Games of that year were held in Germany as well. What NAZI GAMES does is provide a well-written and authoritative summary of the entire `36 Olympics and underscores their significance in athletics as well as modern world history.
As with most Olympics, global politics plays a huge role as to which country is permitted to host the Games and nowhere is this more evident than the IOC's controversial decision to award Germany the `36 Games. Still facing global condemnation for being the main aggressor in the disaster known as World War I, the "new" Germany under Hitler was eager to prove itself as a reformed society and regain its place as a major world power. Large delves into the fragile decision to let Germany host both the summer and winter Games, even though the world was well aware of the alarming rise of social repression and anti-Semitism at the hand of the Nazis (who smartly reminded the politically powerful United States of America's own on-going racial issues). The back-and-forth debate of this period (rife with threats of boycott) highlighted the weakness and fear of Western Europe and the obvious economic and political pull of the United States and its cranky IOC representative Avery Brundage (who also played a crucial role in awarding Munich the Games in 1972 and someone David Clay Large does not view favorably in either book).
While NAZI GAMES covers both summer and winter Games, most of the attention is diverted to the summer Games in Berlin, designated by Hitler as the quintessential event to showcase the "superior" Nazi state to the world. The much smaller-scaled Winter Games (held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen) are covered in the book, but they are portrayed more as a tune-up for the massive propaganda project being prepared for Berlin. Large details the extent of Germany's investment toward the Summer Games ... economically and politically. It is quite interesting to see the efforts made to hide anti-Semitism and political/social suppression during the Olympics, alluding to this brief period as being the eye of the Nazi hurricane for those targeted by the Nazis. While history may dictate the Berlin Games being viewed in a negative light, Large reminds readers of its significance in terms of truly modernizing the Olympics by showcasing the first televised broadcast, using aerial photography, advanced filming techniques, sport-specific architecture and the introduction of new sports (Alpine skiing in the Winter Games and baseball, as an exhibition sport, in the Summer Games).
The chapters devoted to actual athletic competition are more-or-less summaries with notable highlights being detailed. While the spectacular exploits of Jesse Owens gets ample coverage, Large digs deeper and provides readers with an in-depth perspective of Owens' Olympic experience including controversies within the American track and field delegation and Owens' heartwarming friendship with a German competitor. I found much of the coverage of the various competitions to be particularly well-written and exhilarating as some of the competitions seem to take on a life of their own. Interesting facts and smaller storylines, such as the death toll on horses during the equestrian events or US decathlete Glenn Morris' infatuation with filmmaker Riefenstahl are peppered throughout and add to the overall picture of the Games.
NAZI GAMES concludes by putting the 1936 Olympics in perspective as fleeting moment of universal celebration before the world descends into a total nightmare. We learn that a significant number of the German medalists were killed in the war (including Jesse Owens' friend Luz Long). While World War II dictated that no Olympics would be held again for another twelve years, Germany had to wait thirty-six years before it would receive another opportunity to prove itself worthy of hosting another Olympics, only to have the ghosts of 1936 rise again.
I found NAZI GAMES to be a delightfully informative read as there was so much more to the 1936 Olympics than Hitler and Jesse Owens; much, much more. After finishing the book, it is hard not to see these particular Olympics as one of the most significant Games in history due to its timing and locale. Individual stories within the 36 Games were significant enough to spawn two current best-selling books "Unbroken" and "The Boys in the Boat" (which is one of the more compelling athletic accounts in NAZI GAMES). I credit David Clay Large in providing such a well-written, interesting account of a forgotten chapter in sports history.
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