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Nazi Olympics: United States Holocaust Museum

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Enriched with biographical sidebars and illustrated with photographs from U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, this is a welcome addition to any sports or World War II collection.

Recounts the story of the Olympics held in Berlin in 1936, and how the Nazis attempted to turn the games into a propaganda tool for their cause.

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Overview

Enriched with biographical sidebars and illustrated with photographs from U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, this is a welcome addition to any sports or World War II collection.

Recounts the story of the Olympics held in Berlin in 1936, and how the Nazis attempted to turn the games into a propaganda tool for their cause.

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New York Times Book Review
...keen account of the complex politics that infused the Olympics...illustrated with a rich collection of rare visual material...vivid and telling...
—(8/13/00)
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Published in conjunction with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, this penetrating volume takes a topic dear to many young readers--sports--and uses it to spotlight events leading to WWII. Bachrach (Tell Them We Remember: The Story of the Holocaust) begins with an overview of the modern Olympics, showing readers that the "spirit of the Olympics" was never entirely dissociated from politics (Germany was not invited to participate in the first two Olympics held after WWI). The author then turns to Hitler's assumption of power in 1933, two years after Berlin had been selected as the site of the 1936 Olympics, and documents the Nazis' systematic abrogation of individual rights and liberties. The discussion of the actual 1936 Olympics centers on the political uses made of them by Hitler and his propagandists, the spectacular performance of Jesse Owens notwithstanding (an eight-page color section of posters, both Nazi and anti-Nazi, convincingly demonstrates the relationship between athletic competition and propaganda in Hitler's Germany). Perhaps the most interesting sections cover American responses as political and religious groups and individual athletes considered a boycott of the Olympics; a quick look at Jim Crow laws and American anti-Semitism helps readers place various reactions and decisions in context. The writing is careful and unadorned, the facts laid out for readers to interpret. Plentiful sidebars focus on particular athletes, especially those compromised by Nazi policies. An unusually generous selection of period photos gives the material particular sharpness and immediacy. Ages 10-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
The 1936 Berlin Olympics gave Adolf Hitler an opportunity to show off his "new Germany." Olympic visitors saw clean streets, colorful posters, specially published Olympic newspapers, and beautiful, new athletic facilities. Germany spent three years preparing for the games. Had the proposed United States boycott occurred, the Nazis would have been humiliated. But Jesse Owens and Ralph Metcalfe would not have had their glorious victories. Bachrach does a nice job of presenting all the issues of this controversial Olympics. Information about individual athletes is provided along with a good overview of the political climate. This well-written text provides fodder for an intriguing debate topic: should the United States have boycotted the 1936 Olympics? The subject also invites comparison to the 1980 Olympics when President Carter decided not to send a U.S. team to the Soviet Union. Generously illustrated with black and white archival photographs, this book will give readers lots to ponder visually and mentally. 2000, Little, Brown, & Company, Ages 10 up, $14.95. Reviewer: Jackie Hechtkopf—Children's Literature
Children's Literature
The 1936 Berlin Olympics gave Adolf Hitler an opportunity to show off his "new Germany." Olympic visitors saw clean streets, colorful posters, specially published Olympic newspapers, and beautiful, new athletic facilities. Germany spent three years preparing for the games. Had the proposed United States boycott occurred, the Nazis would have been humiliated. But Jesse Owens and Ralph Metcalfe would not have had their glorious victories. Bachrach does a nice job of presenting all the issues of this controversial Olympics. Information about individual athletes is provided along with a good overview of the political climate. This well-written text provides fodder for an intriguing debate topic--should the United States have boycotted the 1936 Olympics? The subject also invites comparison to the 1980 Olympics when President Carter decided not to send a U.S. team to the Soviet Union. Generously illustrated with black-and-white archival photographs, this book will give readers lots to ponder visually and mentally. 2000, Little Brown & Company, Ages 10 up, $22.95 and $14.95. Reviewer: Jackie Hechtkopf
VOYA - Voya Reviews
Much attention has been paid to the impact that Jesse Owens had on the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. He took home four gold medals and is remembered today as the man who showed Adolf Hitler that a black man was as good an athlete as a white man. This book, however, is full of information and evidence about the 1936 Olympics that shows this event had far more significance than acting as a showcase for one man's accomplishment. In fact, after the Olympics, Hitler gained even greater power and continued his policies of discrimination and genocide against Jews, gypsies, and other minorities. Written by staff members at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, this book shows how Hitler and the Nazis used the Berlin Olympics to further their cause. Throughout Berlin, they covered up all signs of Jewishpersecution, put up colorful posters, and created a festive atmosphere for the games. Although some Jewish athletes boycotted the games, all the countries went along with the idea that sports and politics should be separated and that athletes should have the opportunity to compete. Those who held this attitude did not realize the extent to which Hitler's Aryan supremacy ideas had taken root. Filled with photographs and documents to support the text, reading this book is like seeing an exhibit. There is enough information presented in an interesting manner with visuals that add tremendously to the reader's experience and understanding. This volume would be an outstanding addition to a school or public library collection. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Further Reading. Chronology. Appendix. VOYA CODES: 5Q 4P M J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; MiddleSchool, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). Brown, 2000, Little, Ages 12 to 18, 140p, $21.95, $14.95. Reviewer: Sue Krumbein
KLIATT
In 1996 the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC mounted an exhibit on the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany. This volume is based on that exhibit. There was great controversy in this country as to whether the U.S. should withdraw altogether from the event because of the evil and oppressive Nazi regime in Germany. However, the Olympics Committee in this country held firm and sent a team. This book describes not only the controversy as a movement but also discusses the individual athletes and their own decisions about boycotting the games. This was the year of the famous Jesse Owens, the African American track star. Although he was urged to boycott the event he decided to participate. Many other athletes decided differently. Even the Jewish athletes were divided in their decisions to attend or not. The book is more than generously illustrated with photographs of the athletes, Olympic posters, Nazi posters, Nazi youth, concentration camps, a replica of The New York Times at the time of the controversy about boycotting the Olympics, cartoons of the time, and more. This is both a work of sports history and the tale of how the Nazis used the Olympics for propaganda; the book meshes the two into an interesting story that not many contemporary sports fans will know. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2000, Little Brown, 132p, illus, 28cm, 99-31423, $14.95. Ages 13 to 18. Reviewer: Doris Hiatt; September 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 5)
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-This book is based on a special exhibition developed by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum that is currently touring the country. It offers not only a history of the notorious Berlin games of 1936, but it also includes the stories of many of the athletes who took part and those who did not for political reasons. Bachrach delves into the workings of the Nazi propaganda machine, the controversy inside the U.S. Olympic Committee as to whether our nation should participate in the games, and the fate of the Jewish athletes who competed. The athletic feats of Jesse Owens and other African Americans are well covered. Illustrations include period black-and-white photographs, cartoons, and posters. The full-color posters at the end of the book do an especially good job of conveying the Nazis' attitudes toward race and their beliefs in the superiority of "Aryan Blood," as well as the techniques of propaganda. An annotated time line of the history of Nazi Germany, suggestions for further reading (mostly adult titles), and a detailed index are appended. A deeper look at the history and the complexities surrounding this notorious Olympics than is found in other books.-Todd Morning, Schaumburg Township Public Library, IL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Steve Heller
...should be in every school library...What makes this book a very useful teaching tool for social studies and history classes is its keen account of the complex politics that infused the Olympics...''The Nazi Olympics'' is illustrated with a rich collection of rare visual material, including a selection of full-color Nazi posters promoting the Games, and a few foreign ones protesting them... As children enjoy the 2000 Olympics, and perhaps learn from the team and individual accomplishments, ''The Nazi Olympics'' offers a chance to address the power of sports as a means to capture the public's hearts and minds.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316070874
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 4/1/2000
  • Pages: 132
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 1280L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.34 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 0.28 (d)

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