As soon as the Nazis came to power they saw sporting and Olympic values as a tool for building the “new man” as Germany needed to prove its superiority in all disciplines during the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
"There is just one goal for sports: forging the German character." Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of Propaganda
As soon as the Nazis came to power, they perverted sporting and Olympic values into a tool for building the “new man”. Faster, Higher, Stronger: Germany had to prove its racial superiority in all disciplines, whatever it took. From gymnasts and mountain climbers to pilots and boxers, their success was a matter of national importance to the Nazi regime, and the 1936 Olympics were the apotheosis of their efforts.
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