Although they were founded as part of a vision of world peace, the 1936 games became a stage for political disputes. The Nazi Olympics takes an in depth look at the efforts the Germans made to show the rest of the world that they had again become a powerful nation under the leader of Adolf Hitler. The events that followed the games in Germany, mainly the Holocaust and World War II overshadowed the Berlin games. However, it is very important to note that a world gathering like the Olympics took place in a country that was in the process of eliminating an entire race of people. The games were a huge success in regards to the Nazi regime, they were able to fool the world and prove to Germany that they were a peaceful and stable nation.
The Overshadow of the Berlin Games by the Holocaust and World War Two The 1936 Olympics have become a mere footnote in history, remembered mostly for the heroics of Jesse Owens. The events that followed in Germany, namely the Holocaust and World War II overshadowed the Berlin games. However, it is very important to note that a world gathering like the Olympics could take place in a country that was in the process of eliminating an entire race of people. These games were used by the Nazis as a huge propaganda effort for Germany to show to the rest of the world that they had again become a powerful nation under the leader of the Adolf Hitler. The games were a huge success in this regard, the Nazi regime was able to fool and world and prove to Germany that they were everything the Nazi had said.
This all seems great, but the Nazis had staged it all. They wanted to use these games to their own benefit and to show that their way was the best way. The goal for Nazi Germany was to get the world on their side and to show them they could be peaceful, what a better place for that than the 1936 Olympics. World War I had just ended and Germany had become isolated and Nazi Germany wanted not only their power back, but more. The 1936 Olympics were coming up and Nazi Germany decided that hosting the games would be a great way to get back into power.
Despite these lavish projects, the Nazi Olympics were, at their very core, a gleaming illusion used to hide a nation on the verge of annihilating a decade of peace. Hitler and many of the higher Third Reich officials were not happy about hosting the 1936 Summer Olympic games. Only after being persuaded by Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels that the Games could trick the world into believing in a “new Germany” did the Games take place (“Olympics”). Selected before Hitler’s rise to power, the International Olympic Committee chose Berlin as the host city in May of 1931 as a gesture of renewed acceptance after their defeat in World War I (“Party”). Little did they know of the violent path the country would continue on in the coming years.
Hitler, on the contrary, used the Games to promote his propaganda and the rising power of the Nazis. At first, he had shown little interest in the Olympics. After attaining what he could accomplish by hosting the Games, Adolf Hitler did everything in his power to create the best, most innovative Olympics in history. His efforts were shown through the details of the buildings and arenas, and how specific he designed each one. “Hitler provided the broad sweep, kept an eye on the detail and the whole project went on to something resembling a war footing.
There, in Berlin, people were able to rise above Hitler and show that no matter race or religion-one could be victorious. The summer Olympics of 1936 was held in the broken city of Berlin, the games were attended by a large audience of spectators and athletes from numerous countries of the world. The Olympic Games were a misleading triumph of the Nazi government and for the German officials. The harsh anti-Jews signs had been removed, along with the negative attitude toward the Jews. Hitler managed to create a whole new environment during the Olympic games, completely masking the injustice acts that happened during the Holocaust.
Clinton needs to hit a grand slam. McCain is preparing for a marathon. Candidates cannot afford any blunders, like Billy Conn trying to knock out Joe Louis in 1941. Apparently, we sports buffs can... ... middle of paper ... ...e Russians legislation of anti-gay laws makes for a tough situation for the U.S. government because they have to decide between participating and being seen as awful people for holding out the gay/lesbian athletes or they don’t participate and be viewed as weak by the powerhouses of the Olympics. Hitler’s' era showed that no matter how powerful a government may be if humiliated by a single man the government will be knocked down a peg.
Even though a lot of sports books and movies exist, surprisingly few of them portray the role of athletes and the importance of sports during the darkest times of the 20th century – World War II. It may at first seem that when the war engulfed the entire continent of Europe, there was no time or place for sports. Nevertheless in the war-torn countries, sports and athletes oftentimes gave the people a breath of fresh air and hope. Even though dictators and regimes used sports for their benefit and propaganda, a true positive spirit of sports prevailed. Statement of comparison: I have chosen to analyze and compare two captivating stories about great athletes during World War II: the novel “Road to Valour” by McConnon and McConnon and the movie “Match” by director Andrey Malyukov.
The Olympic Games is perhaps the easiest example to ridicule for this. The fight for a title is nothing to be looked down upon, it drives athletes and inspires determination and perseverance. The Olympic Games, with a reputation for being the largest international sporting event, does precisely that except on a global scale. Teams are defined by nation, individuals are separated based on sporting prowess, therefore, the overall ranking for a country lies in the handful of athletes the country deems “the best”. These select men and women compete in their respective sports in the hope of an “official placement” or in layman’s terms, “Bronze, Silver or Gold”.
The Olympic Games are the leading international sporting event featuring summer and winter sports competitions where thousands of athletes variously compete. Although there are a huge amounts of money paid on Olympics games, it seems that Olympic Games deserve the money due to health, political and touristic reasons. Opponents say that Olympic Games are a waste of money and are against the idea. They refuse the idea that Olympic Games have health, political and touristic reasons. They say tha... ... middle of paper ... ...ives.