The Irony of Victory: African American and Jewish Athletes at the Nazi Olympics

When: Sunday, April 10 2016, 4:00 pm

The Irony of Victory: African American and Jewish Athletes at the Nazi Olympics Image

Co-presented by US Holocaust Museum and Vilna Shul.

In August 1936, the world turned its attention to Nazi Germany for the Summer Olympics. The regime exploited the games to dazzle spectators with an image of a peaceful, tolerant Germany.

Against the backdrop of “Jim Crow” America, the story of the Nazi Olympics becomes much more complex. Black and Jewish athletes, who were facing discrimination at home, were sent to Berlin as competitors, representing the very nation that oppressed them.

Join us for a discussion exploring the stories and varied actions of individual athletes—from those who boycotted the games to those who, like Jesse Owens, competed and won, refuting the Nazi myth of “Aryan” supremacy.

Susan Bachrach, Special Exhibitions Curator
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


This program is free and open to the public, but registration is required at


The closest T subway stop is Charles/MGH. Validated parking for $5 per car is available nearby and ONLY for the underground parking at the Charles River Plaza/Cambridge Street Garage at 165 Cambridge Street nearby. Please be advised that drivers must validate their green parking ticket at the Vilna Shul for validated parking. This is not the above-ground Whole Foods lot. 

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