Wednesday, August 03, 2016

PBS: "The Nazi Games: Berlin, 1936"


On Tuesday, August 2, 2016 PBS aired “The Nazi Games: Berlin, 1936” (link ).

The opening of the 50-minute documentary talked about Nazi values, for the “perfect body”, for what is “desirable”, as an idea that had originated in Sparta in ancient Greece. I must ponder this with regards to my own gay values as to what I "want" in a partner through "upward affiliation".

Hitler gradually made allowances to allow token Jewish competitors in order to convince the rest of the world that he wasn’t “racist” or warlike, and to put on a great show when everyone showed up in Berlin in August 1936.  Particularly critical was the politics of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and support of Avery Brumbage.

Another show point was the participation of Jesse Owens.

Hitler built the Olympic venue to great scale, spending the equivalent of $450 million today.  The games were said to be a proxy for a coming war among the great powers.

Rudimentary television was available in screening rooms, which required separate tickets.

After the Olympics, Hitler moved on with his agenda of European conquest.

A factor had been a denial of games in Japan in 1932.
PBS also has an American Experience film about Jesse Owens.

Wikipedia attribution link for PD cartoon of 1936 Olympics anticipating TV, by Zeitung.

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