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1936 Berlin Olympic Games Souvenirs

1936 Berlin Olympic Games Souvenirs
DescriptionThe 1936 Berlin Olympic Games had been handed to Berlin before the Nazis came to power but now it was the perfect opportunity for Hitler to demonstrate to the world, how efficient the Nazi Germany was. It was also the perfect opportunity for the Nazis to prove to the world the reality of the Master Race. The Berlin Olympic Games gave the Nazis an opportunity to show off to the world as 49 countries were competing bringing with them their assorted media. For Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels, it was the perfect scenario. The Nazi Germany team had been allowed to train fulltime thus pushing to the limit the idea of amateur competition. Germany’s athletic superstar of the time was Lutz Lang – a brilliant long jumper who easily fitted into the image of blond hair, blue eyed Aryan racial superiority. By far the most famous athlete in the world was Jesse Owens of America – an African American and therefore, under Nazi ideology, inferior to the athletes in the German team. Owens’s performance was to prove this ideology to be in itself inferior! The vast Olympic stadium was completed on time and held 100,000 spectators. 150 other new Olympic buildings were completed on time for the event. Souvenirs of what has sometimes become known as Hitler’s Olympics were produced in many forms and here are two. 1) An original menu from Germany’s crack ocean liner and sometime blue Riband holder ‘Bremen’. Leading up to and throughout the Games the ship’s menus were decorated thus and in fact many athletes crossed the Atlantic in her on their way to Berlin. This one is from April 7th 1936 and is printed in both German and English ….. thus Geraucherter Rheinlachs being Smoked Rhine Salmon - measures approx 19 by 28 cm. 2) Pet Cremer’s highly decorative 78 page album of both summer and winter Olympics with over 140 tipped in photo cards illustrating the many and varied disciplines and events.. Condition, although not mint, is very good considering their 80 odd years and all photo plates are present and correct in the album which has the small defects of a slightly soiled and spotted cover as well as the title page having pulled away from (but not loose) binding staples and cover is a little soiled and spotted. Measures approximately 24 by 32 cm. Price includes insured postage to any UK address - elsewhere please enquire.

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