Fun Facts About the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany

2016 marks the 80th anniversary of the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany!

Here are some fun facts about the event:

1. Nazi Germany used the games for propaganda purposes.

Hitler wanted to show the world how strong and united Germans are.

2. The 1936 Summer Olympics torch relay was the first of its kind.

It became a unique tradition afterwards.

3. Americans and Europeans tried to boycott the Olympics because of human rights abuses.

Western democracies questioned the morality of supporting the games hosted by the Nazi regime. Sadly, the boycott failed.

4. Helene Mayer was the only Jewish athlete who competed for Germany.

She won a silver medal in women’s individual fencing and gave the Nazi salute.

5. The Nazi regime hid their racist views and policies from tourists.

Anti-Jewish signs and posters were taken down, and foreign visitors were exempted from the anti-homosexuality laws.

6. Germany won the most medals and hearts.

Few people saw the Nazi regime’s true intentions.

7. After the games ended, persecution of the Jews resumed.

One man named Wolfgang Fuerstner committed suicide two days after the Olympics when he was dismissed from military service because of his Jewish ancestry.