History:  Berlin Olympics 1936 - 80 years on

History: Berlin Olympics 1936 - 80 years on

History: Berlin Olympics 1936 - 80 years on

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.

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.

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

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

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."

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

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

Death of Jesse Owens, Gold Medalits March 31, 1980 Death of Jesse Owens (66), who won four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics, 1936, in Tuscon, Arizona. See more http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesse_Owens

Death of Jesse Owens, Gold Medalits March 31, 1980 Death of Jesse Owens (66), who won four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics, 1936, in Tuscon, Arizona. See more http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesse_Owens

Nazi Olympics | Owens defies Hitler - Berlin 1936 - Most memorable Olympic moments ...

Nazi Olympics | Owens defies Hitler - Berlin 1936 - Most memorable Olympic moments ...

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