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1936 Olympics

1936 OlympicsEmily SextonPeriod 2Febuary 2015

The hero of teh 1936 Olympics is Jesse Owens, also known as "buckeye bullet," shattered the Aryan superiority. Owens was an African-American who won four gold medals and made Hitler spitting angry that he did not succeed in manipulating the people to believe that the Aryan race superior. A lot of people looked up yo Jesse Owens after the Olympics. He was a symbol of hope and freedom to people all over the world.

In 1931, the International Olympic committee nominated Berlin to host the 1936 Summer Olympics. After being defeated in World War I, Germany saw this as an ppertunity to cease power. A couple years later, Hitler became the leader of Germany and transformed the nation into a one-party dictatorship. Many people around the world were looking foward to another competeive Olympic games, but they weer in for quite a treat: this year teh Olympic Games were going to be tense and political.

Because Hitler exhibited the Aryan race as a superior one, people who had any Jewish trace in them, were kicked out of German clubs. Hitler prohibited Jews from belongong to German clubs to reduce the amount of Jews in the 1936 Olympics. In 1936, the United States were debatig whether or not they should go to the OLympics becasue they knew this game was going to be more than a competive Olympic game. The U.S. wanted to avoid entering into another bloody war. Along with the U.S., Great Britain, France, Netherlands, Sweden, and Czecholslovokia were debating to go the Olympics. These rebellious ideas beacame known as the "boycott movement."

This topic is very important to today. If Berlin did not host the Olympics in 1936 then this event in history could repeat itself. Now we know that we should not let a country that was just defeated in war host the Olympics.

I chose this topic because I have always found that Hitler and his supiority ideas were interesting. Jesse Owens was also another topic I was interested learning more about. I love watching the Olympics every year, so I thought it would be fun to learn about the 1936 Olympics.


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