Helene Mayer fencing for Germany at Olympic games
Half-Jewish athlete Helene Mayer fencing for Germany. Mayer was the only Jewish athlete who represented Germany, and she was allowed to do so only under the pressure of international opinion. She won a silver medal in the individual foil event and gave the Nazi salute from the podium. After the Olympics she returned to the United States, where she had been living. Schacherer-Elek, who won gold, and Preiss, who won bronze, were also part Jewish. Mayer is the tall blond fencer.
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Frauen-Florett: Siegerin: Ilona Schacherer-Elek (Ungarn) vor Helene Mayer (Deutschland) und Ellen Preiss (Oesterreich)
Production: 1936 August 05
- Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Bundesarchiv
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