The Nazi Olympics: Berlin, Germany

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Max Schmeling

Max lived in Germany. He was not a Nazi, once he even kept a Jewish manager. Max is a professional boxer. He decided to start boxing after watching a film about it. When he decided to start boxing he moved to a German boxing center in Rhineland. He eventually lost his boxing title in 1932 in a match against Sharkey, but remained popular in the U.S.

The Olympics

The Olympics took place in Berlin, Germany 1936. After everyone saw how Hitler treated the Jews, U.S. citizens didn't want to go to the olympics to show they didn't approve of his actions. Hitler wanted to use the 1936 olympics to show improvement in German life. Hitler tried to make everyone think he was happy and friendly, but before foreign visitors showed up he removed a sign that said " Jews not welcome". Max Schmeling persuaded the U.S. to be part of the 1936 Berlin Olympics. In the Olympics, Max Schmeling and Joe Louis competed against each other. They competed at the Yankee stadium in New York on June 18th, 1936. Joe Louis got to the Olympics undefeated, but left defeated. Max Schmeling knocked out Joe Louis. If Max would've lost he would have been the symbol of Germanys historic defeat. After the Olympics Germanys development policies, the Jews mistreatment, and enemies advance incorporated the Holocaust and World War 2.

Pictures that took place during the Olympics

Other Facts

  • This year is the 80th anniversary of the olympics.
  • The sponsor of the Olympics started World War 2, a problem that ended in a lot of destruction.
  • Nazi Germany used the Olympics for propaganda.
  • The 1936 Summer Olympics were awarded to Berlin by the International Olympic Committee.
  • The others competing in the Olympics wanted to Boycott.
  • Germany promoted the Olympics very well by hanging posters and putting ads in the newspaper that were very colorful.
  • In 1938, Joe Louis and Max Schmeling had a rematch. Schmeling was defeated after one round.

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