Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Nazi Olympics: How Black and Jewish Athletes Challenged the "Master Race"

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

American John Woodruff receives a gold medal at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Bundesarchiv G00628

Nazi Olympics: How Black and Jewish Athletes Challenged the "Master Race"
Live Digital Program

 

The Nazis embraced the 1936 Berlin Olympics as a chance to demonstrate their theory of the dominance of a "master race." Both Jewish and Black athletes were motivated to shatter that myth. When the games came to an end, Black athletes claimed a quarter of America’s medals.

Though they had brought glory to their country, they returned home to a segregated nation, and many soon felt their achievements had been forgotten.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 26, 9:30 a.m. ET
WHERE: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Facebook page

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Speakers
Dr. Damion Thomas, Sports Curator, National Museum of African American History & Culture

Dr. Daniel Greene, President and Librarian, Newberry Library, and Curator, Americans and the Holocaust special exhibition, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Moderator
Dr. Edna Friedberg, Historian, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Watch live at facebook.com/holocaustmuseum and join in the conversation.

You do not need a Facebook account to view our program. After the live broadcast, it will be available to watch on demand on the Museum’s Facebook page