Jeremy Schaap

Triumph: Jesse Owens And Hitler's Olympics


The remarkable behind-the-scenes story of one of the most iconic clashes in sports and world history.

In 1936, against a backdrop of swastikas flying and storm troopers goose-stepping, an African-American athlete won a staggering four Olympic gold medals. Jesse Owens, the son of sharecroppers, had single-handedly crushed Hitler's myth of Aryan supremacy. The story of Jesse Owens at the 1936 games is that of a high-profile athlete giving a performance that transcends sports. But it is also the intimate and complex tale of the courage of one remarkable man.

This is the incredible true story of one of the moment a black athlete beat Hitler at his own games.

361 printed pages
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Head of Zeus

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    dianelmastrohas quoted2 years ago
    Hans Woellke—who had won the gold medal in the shot put, the first Olympic gold medal ever won by a German man in track and field—was summoned to the Führer’s box. Riefenstahl entered the box too, where she made small talk with Hitler and Göring. Soon Hitler was also congratulating Tilly Fleischer, who, shortly after Woellke’s victory in the shot put, gave Germany its second track-and-field gold medal of the day (and ever), in the javelin. A pretty blonde who had won the bronze medal in Los Angeles, Fleischer so impressed Hitler that he insisted that they be photographed together. Woellke and Fleischer “have been proclaimed national hero and heroine and were welcomed by Hitler with impressive fervor,” Grantland Rice observed as the stadium erupted in cheers and heils for its champions. “I have never seen such a demonstration anywhere at any time before. The outbreak of national feeling is beyond belief.”
    Jeremy Mastrodomenicohas quoted2 years ago
    I see the sun breaking through the clouds when I realize that millions of Americans will recognize now that what I and the boys of my race are trying to do is attempted for the glory of our country and our countrymen. Maybe more people will now realize that the Negro is trying to do his full part as an American citizen.”

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