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 wins 4 gold medals at the 1936 Olympic games. He was quoted saying the secret behind his success was “I let my feet spend as little time on the ground as possible. From the air, fast down, and from the ground, fast up
At the 1936 Olympics, 18 black athletes went to Berlin as part of the U.S. team. Pictured here are (left to right rear) Dave Albritton, and Cornelius Johnson, high jumpers; Tidye Pickett, a hurdler; Ralph Metcalfe, a sprinter; Jim Clark, a boxer, and Mack Robinson, a sprinter. In front are John Terry, (left) a weight lifter and John Brooks, a long jumper.
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