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American athlete Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Owens won four gold medals under Hitler's nose, disproving the dictator's nonsensical obsession with 'Aryan' superiority.

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Nazi Olympics | Owens defies Hitler - Berlin 1936 - Most memorable Olympic moments ...

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50 stunning Olympic moments: Jesse Owens 4 golds in Berlin – in pictures

The German silver medalist was the first to congratulate Owens and they took a lap of honour around the stadium together as the crowd rose to salute them both. "It took a lot of courage for him to befriend me in front of Hitler," said Owens later. "You can melt down all the medals and cups I have and they wouldn't be a plating on the 24-carat friendship I felt for Luz Long at that moment."

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The single greatest moment in 20th century sports--Jesse Owens at the Berlin Olympics-in just a few seconds revealing to the world the evil myth of Nazi "supremacy"

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Centennial celebration ~ olympiad greatest moments ~ poster collection 1896-1996

Hard to believe Germany hosted the Berlin Olympics in 1936, but the bid was won in 1931; Hitler saw the Games as an opportunity to promote his government and ideals of racial supremacy

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Pre-war Germany. Berlin decorated for the Olympic games, 1936. Hitler was in power by now, and he wanted Germany to look its best: he even went so far as to take down anti-semitic signs and rid the streets of the homeless for the time they hosted the Games.

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Jesse Owens August 3,1936: Jesse Owens won the 100 meter dash, defeating Ralph Metcalfe, at the Berlin Olympics.

Hitler Reacts to Kiss from Excited American Woman at the Berlin Olympics, August 15, 1936.

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