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The 1936 Olympic Games Were A Failure For Nazi Propaganda

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The 1936 Olympic Games Were A Failure For Nazi Propaganda There are many different answers to this question and none of them would be accurate without looking at all of the different sources. To do this all the sources will have to be explained, analysed in different areas and the concluded. This is what I will attempt to do. Source one is, at first glance, just a photo of a big building until you look closer. It is in fact the newly built Olympic stadium. It seated 100,000 people which is colossal. It is built in a circular stature which was not done by chance. It makes sure everyone is focused right into the middle of the stadium where Hitler can parade all sorts of propaganda marches and salutes. It is also said that this was one of 150 buildings that were built before the games. This suggests that the Nazis were intent on showing of Germany to be a world power once again. The stadium looks very full which shows that the games were popular with lots of people. This does not really show if the games were a propaganda success but definitely shows it was very popular. Source two was written by a person called R. ...read more.

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Source four was written by Godfrey Brown, he was a 400 metre runner in the British team in the 1936 Olympics. He does nothing but slag off the Germans, Hitler Youth and the propaganda, "We were treated to a piece of political propaganda", "fat and greasy citizens", "we made a dash for the first train home". He mentions nothing about the games themselves apart from the fact that they were just an excuse for a big propaganda event, he obviously sees straight through them and has no problem in saying it. On the whole, this source shows the games were not a big propaganda success. Source five is a picture and some text about the hero of the games, the black American athlete, Jesse Owens. One of the major points of the games were to show how good Hitler's pure raced Germans or as he called them, Aryans. These would be tall, well built Germans with blue eyes and blonde hair. Jesse Owens was black and American so Hitler thought he was inferior. Jesse Owens won the 100m, 200m, long jump and 4[ds1]?100m relay. Hitler was not best pleased with this. Owens also broke 11 Olympic records and was easily the best athlete of the games. ...read more.

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Source 8 is written by a historian called Z. Zeman who describes the success of the radio during the Games, "2500 reports were broadcast in 28 languages", "the effort and the accomplishment was indeed impressive", "full of admiration for the genius German broadcasters". This was very good propaganda because it showed how good the Germans are with electronics and organisation. It also broadcast the success of the Germans throughout 28 different country's. Source nine is the official medal tables for the 1936 Olympic Games. Nation Gold Silver Bronze 1.Germany 33 26 30 2.U.S.A 24 20 12 10.Great Britain 4 7 3 This table shows that despite the success of Jesse Owens, they managed to absolutely demolish the U.S.A in the medals table. This shows the true ability of the German athletes and how they can completely overwhelm a far bigger country. In conclusion I think source nine has the final say. Up to that it is all quite fair with the slagging off from the British athletes and the success of Jesse Owens against the astonishing planning and execution of the opening and closing ceremony and the superb radio quality. This is fair until the fact that the Germans managed to beat a country 10 times their size is thrown in, I think this tilts the scales and shows that the 1936 Olympic Games were not a failure for Nazi Propaganda. [ds1] ...read more.

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