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Berlin Olympics, 1936

Berlin Olympics, 1936

The Berlin crowd gives the Nazi salute to acknowledge New Zealand runner Jack Lovelock's victory in the 1,500 metres. The Berlin games were controversial, with serious debate in the United States and other countries about a possible boycott to protest against Adolf Hitler's Nazi dictatorship and its anti-Semitic policies. Repressive laws against Jews and other minorities were relaxed during the Olympics, but a large number of Berlin's gypsies were interned before the games opened.

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Joseph Romanos, 'Olympic and Commonwealth games - Olympic politics and boycotts', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 June 2024)

Story by Joseph Romanos, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Jun 2023