Symbolizing the most controversial games in history, the Nazi Olympics, were as conflicted as this symbol representing them. The Imperial eagle has been a symbol of the region for generations, but emblazoned with the swastika, a symbol coopted from the Jewish people, it shows the way in which Germany had been stolen by mad men. The Olympic rings are ironic because the Olympics represent unity through national friendship, while the Nazi's valued unity through force. High cognitive effort

Symbolizing the most controversial games in history, the Nazi Olympics, were as conflicted as this symbol representing them. The Imperial eagle has been a symbol of the region for generations, but emblazoned with the swastika, a symbol coopted from the Jewish people, it shows the way in which Germany had been stolen by mad men. The Olympic rings are ironic because the Olympics represent unity through national friendship, while the Nazi's valued unity through force. High cognitive effort

Berlin adorned with countless national symbols as part of a striking display of the New Germany to be seen by the international community in attendance at the then ongoing 1936 Olympics in Berlin.

Berlin adorned with countless national symbols as part of a striking display of the New Germany to be seen by the international community in attendance at the then ongoing 1936 Olympics in Berlin.

The Hindenburg floating over Berlin's Olympic Stadium during the 1936 Olympics opening ceremony. [1172x1600] - Imgur

The Hindenburg floating over Berlin's Olympic Stadium during the 1936 Olympics opening ceremony. [1172x1600]

The Hindenburg floating over Berlin's Olympic Stadium during the 1936 Olympics opening ceremony. [1172x1600] - Imgur

Jesse Owens was the most successful athlete in the 1936 Olympics. At a time when the Nazi authorities in Berlin were propagating Aryan supremacy, Jesse Owens’ superb performance was looked upon as a fitting answer to Adolf Hitler. This image, put into context, speaks volumes of Owens’ timely victories

Jesse Owens was the most successful athlete in the 1936 Olympics. At a time when the Nazi authorities in Berlin were propagating Aryan supremacy, Jesse Owens’ superb performance was looked upon as a fitting answer to Adolf Hitler. This image, put into context, speaks volumes of Owens’ timely victories

'The Boys in the Boat'  The UW crew team (far shell) winning the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.

'The Boys in the Boat' The UW crew team (far shell) winning the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.

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

Centennial celebration ~ olympiad greatest moments ~ poster collection 1896-1996

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

1936 Nazi Olympic rings were given to individuals who helped make the Berlin games successful.

1936 Nazi Olympic rings were given to individuals who helped make the Berlin games successful.

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