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Tainted Games: The Role of Race and Racism in the Berlin Olympics of 1936

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Calendar   Workshops
Location Zoom
Date Tue, Aug 24, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration   1h
Details Ideas and practices rooted in racial prejudice have been part of the modern Olympic Games since their inception in the late 19th century, but never more prominently than in the 1936 Summer Games held in Nazi-ruled Berlin. Here, antisemitism and anti-Black racism combined to produce an especially toxic brew. Going beyond the familiar (though often misconstrued) experiences of African-American Jesse Owens and Jewish-American Marty Glickman, David Clay Large, author of Nazi Games: The Olympics of 1936, will examine how racial politics and theories of race defined all aspects of the 1936 Olympics. These “Tainted Games” generated a complex legacy with which we are still grappling today.

This program is part of Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum's Permanent Exhibition Highlight Series. Space is limited! Please register for one ticket per device used. This virtual event will take place on the online platform Zoom. A link to join will be sent to registered guests via email one hour before the start of the program.

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About David Clay Large
David Clay Large is currently Senior Fellow at the Institute of European Studies, University of California, Berkeley, Co-Director of Berkeley’s Austrian Studies Program, and Roger Boas Professor of History at the Fromm Institute, University of San Francisco. As a research scholar specializing in Modern Central European History, he has published thirteen books and dozens of articles, including studies of the German-hosted Olympic Games in 1936 and 1972, narrative histories of Munich and Berlin, an account of a Frankfurt-area family’s doomed attempt to escape the Holocaust by seeking sanctuary in the USA, and a historical portrait of the grand spa-towns of Central Europe. Large serves regularly as a historical consultant for major networks.

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