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protests in tibet: chronically uninformed as to berlin olympics in 1936

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Remember, folks, those who forget history are doomed to… err, look stupid. Really stupid. And people will take photographs and post them to the internet so everyone will know just how stupid you are.

The 1936 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XI Olympiad, were held in 1936 in Berlin, Germany. Berlin won the bid to host the games, with the International Olympic Committee choosing Berlin over Barcelona in April, 1931. Although the bid was won before the Nazi Party gained power in Germany, some leaders in the government saw the Olympics as an opportunity to promote their Nazi ideology. Hitler was convinced by Joseph Goebbels to allow the games to take place in Germany. Preparation for the games started in the early 1930s. Hitler used the Olympics as a tool for propaganda. Film-maker Leni Riefenstahl, a favorite of Hitler, was commissioned by the International Olympic Committee to film the Games. The film, titled Olympia, originated many of the techniques now commonplace to the filming of sports.


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  1. Luc Deneulin wrote:

    Leni Riefenstahl was commissioned by the International Olympic Committee to film the Games:
    this can be so, but on the other hand there are other sources, in the German press 1935: Riefenstahl is commissioned by J. Goebbels, in an interview, same. After the war, Riefenstahjl refered to Hitler, when interogated by the Allies. On the other side it could have been the German Ol; Com. represented by Carl Diem, Riefenstahlmentionned this a few times as well.
    Luc Deneulin, PhD

    Sunday, April 13, 2008 at 7:02 am | Permalink

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