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

Germany. The Hindenburg floating over Berlin’s Olympic Stadium during the 1936 Olympics opening ceremony.

Germany. The Hindenburg floating over Berlin’s Olympic Stadium during the 1936 Olympics opening ceremony.

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

Jesse Owens won four gold medals at the 1936 Berline Olympics held in Nazi Germany.

Jesse Owens won four gold medals at the 1936 Berline Olympics held in Nazi Germany.

The 1936 Olympic Bell (in Weissensee), Berlin, Germany, Aug 1936, photo 3 of 3. Bundesarchiv

The 1936 Olympic Bell (in Weissensee), Berlin, Germany, Aug 1936, photo 3 of 3. Bundesarchiv

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