A sporty face on horror

German author Oliver Hilmes provides dark insights into the Nazi-run 1936 Olympics

By AARON LEIBEL
June 1, 2018 11:55
4 minute read.
ADOLF HITLER at the opening of the Olympic Games in 1936

ADOLF HITLER at the opening of the Olympic Games in 1936. (photo credit: ACTION IMAGES/TOPHAM)

It’s Saturday, August 1, 1936, the first day of the Nazi-run Olympics.

Henri de Baillet-Latour, the president of the International Olympic Committee and other IOC officials are chauffeured to the Reich Chancellery – Adolf Hitler’s office – where Baillet-Latour thanks Hitler for the German hospitality in hosting the Olympics. Then, the IOC officials headed for Olympic Stadium.

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