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.

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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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.

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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Germany. The Hindenburg floating over Berlin’s Olympic Stadium during the 1936 Olympics opening ceremony.

Germany. The Hindenburg floating over Berlin’s Olympic Stadium during the 1936 Olympics opening ceremony.

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Jesse Owens wins 4 gold medals in the 1936 Olympics. THIS BEST part of this is he won them in Germany when Hitler was in charge. :-)

Jesse Owens wins 4 gold medals in the 1936 Olympics. THIS BEST part of this is he won them in Germany when Hitler was in charge. :-)

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Not all of us at IC are athletes, but some of us work out. Not all of us are dedicated fans of any sport, but some of us like watching them on TV. What we can all agree on, though, is that the Olympics are a special time – not only for athletes, but for the global community.

Not all of us at IC are athletes, but some of us work out. Not all of us are dedicated fans of any sport, but some of us like watching them on TV. What we can all agree on, though, is that the Olympics are a special time – not only for athletes, but for the global community.

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Although it's an incredibly chilling time in history, it's an amazing photo. Jesse Owens won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics which were held in Nazi Germany.  So much for Hitler's superior race....

Although it's an incredibly chilling time in history, it's an amazing photo. Jesse Owens won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics which were held in Nazi Germany. So much for Hitler's superior race....

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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

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

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

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