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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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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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Adolf Hitler in the summer of 1936 and the Berlin Olympics.

Hitler enters for the opening ceremony of the Berlin Olympics, 1936, accompanied by Theodor Lewald (left) and Count Baillet-Latour.

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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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Hermann Leopold August Opole-Bronikowski was a general during WW2 and gold medalist in the team dressage during the Berlin Olympics, 1936. He came from an old aristocratic family; during WW2 he was a Panzer commander. He was badly wounded in 1943 and returned to duty in 1944.He fought in Normandy and was last commander of 20.Panzer Division.Postwar, he was held as POW until 1947 and then became an adviser for the new German army.He also coached the Canadian dressage team in the Tokyo…

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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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