- Hello Jeff,
- We cannot let the propaganda go unchallenged concerning
the story "Hitler's 101 year old Photographer sells photos of 1936
olympics"...which repeats the same old lie about Hitler and Nazi
- Here is some information I found in the book "March
Of The Titans" A complete History Of The White Race....
- A large amount of what has been written about Hitler
and Nazi Germany has been particularly subject to the pressure of political
correctness: a good example is the story of 1936 Olympics and the Black
American athlete Jesse Owens.
- The 1936 Olympics
- The story most repeated about Hitler and the 1936 Olympic
Games in Berlin, which were unquestionably put on as a political showcase
for Nazi Germany, is that Hitler refused to shake the hand of the American
Black athlete Jesse Owens after the latter had won a race. This myth is
extremely widespread: the Encarta Encyclopedia, issued by Microsoft (1998
edition) states the following in its entry under Jesse Owens:
- "Owens, Jesse (1913-80), one of the greatest track-and-field
athletes of all time . . . A member of the U.S. track team in the 1936
Olympic Games, held in Berlin, Owens won four gold medals. He won the 100-m
dash in 10.3 sec, equaling the Olympic record; set a new Olympic and world
record of 20.7 sec in the 200-m dash; and won the running broad jump with
a leap of 26 ft 5 in., setting a new Olympic record. He was also a member
of the U.S. 400-m relay team that year, which set a new Olympic and world
record of 39.8 sec. Despite Owens' outstanding athletic performance, German
leader Adolph Hitler refused to acknowledge his Olympic victories because
Owens was black. Owens went on to play an active role in youth athletic
programs and later established his own public relations firm. His autobiography,
The Jesse Owens Story, was published in 1970." "Owens, Jesse,"
Microsoft - Encarta - 98 Encyclopedia. (r) 1993-1997 Microsoft Corporation.
All rights reserved."
- In reality, what happened was that Hitler personally
attended the first day of the track and field competition on 2 August 1936,
and did personally congratulate the German athlete Hans Woellke, who became
the first German to win a gold medal in the Olympics since 1896.
- Throughout the rest of the day, Hitler continued to receive
Olympic champions, German and non German, in his VIP box.
- The next day, 3 August, the chairman of the International
Olympic Committee, Comte Baillet-Latour, approached Hitler early in the
morning and told the German leader that he had violated Olympic protocol
by having winners paraded to his box.
- Hitler apologized and gave an undertaking that he would
from then on refrain from publicly congratulating any winners, German or
otherwise. During this day, Owens won his gold medals - and in line with
the Olympic Committee's ruling, Hitler did not shake his hand, or anybody
else's for that matter, at the games again.
- It is therefore utterly false to claim that Hitler deliberately
chose to ignore Owens. In fact, in the very autobiography that the Encarta
Encyclopedia extract above refers to, The Jesse Owens Story, Owens himself
recounted how Hitler had stood up and waved to him:
- "When I passed the Chancellor he arose, waved his
hand at me, and I waved back at him. I think the writers showed bad taste
in criticizing the man of the hour in Germany."
- Another common story about the 1936 Olympic games is
that Owens' victory "disproved the Nazi master race theory" -
in fact the Olympic games as a whole were won by the German team with 89
medals, compared to the 56 medals won by the second placed USA team.
- In what was to become an act of extreme irony, the American
president of the time, Franklin D. Roosevelt, then involved in an election
and concerned about the reaction in the USA's southern states, refused
to see Owens at the White House: Owens was later to remark that it was
Roosevelt, not Hitler, who snubbed him.
- This is a good example of one of the more outstanding
distortions which have sprung up around Nazi Germany, all as a result of
a political agenda linked to Nazi Anti-Jewishness. It is also true that
it is the victors' prerogative to write the historical account of events:
this too has served to cloud the issue of the Third Reich and to make it
into the political hot potato that it remains over fifty years after it
- From Alfred Lehmberg
- Great suffering and most barragrugous ZOT, Jeff!
- I am reasonably certain that I would be -significantly-
hard pressed to find a book more biased, canted, and intellectually hateful
than a book entitled "March Of The Titans -- A complete History Of
The White Race"... Moreover, justifications for Hitler's incredible
institutional sociopathy can be found in his own pompously sneering screed,
"Mein Kampf" likely another book in Russ's (shall we say palely
limited and too corrosively bleached) library. Cognition WEEPS!
- From Andreas
- I guess Mr. Lehmberg missed the part where Jesse Owens
said: "When I passed the Chancellor he arose, waved his hand at me,
and I waved back at him. I think the writers showed bad taste in criticizing
the man of the hour in Germany."
- --From 'The Jesse Owens Story' ...his autobiography,
- Whatever your feelings towards Hitler, Mr. Lehmberg,
it is time to retire this lie we've been fed regarding Hitler and Owens.