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Imagine Berlin 1936 the last Olympic torch runner carries the last leg of the run through Olympic Stadium After lighting the torch Hitler addresses the masses like a see of arms the crowd gives the Nazi salute while all other countries lower their flags in respect except for the United States Hitler smiles grimily in an attempt to hold his Aryan Supremacy feelings inside The Olympics were a perfect arena for the Nazi propaganda machine which were unsurpassed at staging elaborate public spectacles and rallies Choreographed pageantry record-breaking athletic feats and warm German hospitality made the 1936 Olympic games memorable for athletes and spectators Behind the facade however a ruthless dictatorship persecuted its enemies and rearmed for war to acquire new living space for the Aryan master race The 1936 Olympics in Berlin were clearly a hidden foreshadow of WWII Like a dollar bill over time it becomes tattered and faded so is the truth behind the 1936 Olympic controversies Most today wonder how and why Nazi Germany gained the right to hold the 1936 Olympic games The decision was made two years before Nazi party candidate Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany and destroyed any remains left of the weak democratic based government The International Olympic Committee headed by Count Henri Baillet Latour awarded the 1936 Olympics to Berlin Germany to signal the then weakened country an entrance back into the world community This led many major American newspapers one of which being the New York Times to scream boycott at the thought of having the new prejudice German nation hosting the Games Avery Brundage president of the American Olympic Committee opposed a boycott arguing that politics had no place in sport His rival Judge Jeremiah Mahoney president of the Amateur Athletic Union pointed out that Germany had broken Olympic rules forbidding discrimination based on race and religion In his view participation would mean an endorsement of Hitlers Reich On December 8 1935 the
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