1936 Berlin Olympics

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World History
4-17-13
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In 1936, the summer Olympics were hosted in Berlin. Hitler was the chancellor of Germany at the time, and the Nazis were in power. Before the Olympics, German Jews had been segregated and discriminated against by Aryan Germans. The 1936 Berlin Olympics were not righteous, fair, or unbiased in any way, shape, or form. Through the Olympics, Hitler spread his anti-Semitic views to millions of spectators and athletes that attended the Olympics. The Olympics were an extremely controversial topic at this time, and resulted in many believing in Aryan superiority. Hitler concealed his anti-Semitic propaganda, but people were still exposed to his belief of Aryan supremacy. After the
Olympics, the Holocaust began. The Holocaust is referred to as the discrimination, segregation, maltreatment and murder of Jews and other ethnic, racial, and social groups by the Nazis. i The 1936
Berlin Olympics evoked conditions of the Holocaust by making tourists believe that Germany was a safe place and by spreading anti-Semitic propaganda, which made others believe that the Germans were incapable of mass destruction or of harming Jews, and in Aryan superiority.
The Olympics were held in Berlin because people underestimated the German's power to spread propaganda, and the danger in Germany went by unnoticed. Before Hitler came to power, Berlin was picked to host the 1936 Olympics. Germany was not a dangerous place at the time it was picked, and no one could have known what would be happening in 1936.ii Forty-nine countries attended the
Olympics- more than any had before, giving the Nazis more of an opportunity to spread propaganda and demonstrate Aryan superiority.iii Nazi hatred was noticed right before the Olympics were held, and people knew of the segregation of different ethnic, racial and social groups- but the Olympics were held in Berlin



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