Sports, Politics, and Propaganda: The Nazi Olympics of 1936

Thursday, May 21, 2009
Programs for Teachers
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

The International Olympic Committee awarded the 1936 Olympic Games to Germany in May 1931, nearly two years before Hitler became Chancellor. Though Hitler initially considered canceling the Olympics, he instead used them to orchestrate a propaganda triumph, convincing an international audience of Germany’s dedication to fair play while hiding its plans for territorial conquest and persecution of Jews and others. In this seminar, we will explore the intersection of sports, politics, and propaganda surrounding what historians have called “the most controversial Olympics.”

Seminar led by Daniel Greene, Newberry Library