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Olympics -- Berlin 1936

Film | Accession Number: 2008.138.1 | RG Number: RG-60.4683 | Film ID: 2859

Title: "The Games Begin." Scenes show various events interspersed with crowd scenes. In most cases there is a title after the event that names the winners and gives their times. The games begin with a warm up (or a first heat?) sprint, won by a man name Borchmeyer. Tilly Fleischer throws the javelin, winning the first gold medal for Germany. Hitler and Hermann Goering congratulate the athletes on the podium. 01:13:38 Jesse Owens wins the 100 m sprint in 10.3 seconds. Slow motion of the women's 100 m sprint, won by the American Stephens. The footage of the two men's and women's races is repeated. Slow motion of the men's and women's hurdles. The men's race is won by the American. A title states that three women appeared to come in first and the result was determined by a camera (photo-finish). Slow motion of part of the men's 1500 meter, then the 5,000 meter. The next events are: shot put, men's 10,000 meter (winners are greeted by Hitler and other Nazi leaders), 3,000 meter obstacle course, 50 km race walk, men's marathon, 4 x 100 meter women's relay, javelin, women's high jump (shot of German athletes Kaun and Ratjen at rest), men's hammer throw, 01:24:08 Jesse Owens sets a new world record in the long jump, while the German comes in second, triple jump, high jump, bicycle race, 2 km tandem bicycle race, fly weight boxing, heavy weight boxing, weightlifting. A title indicates that this is the end of Part One of the film.

Event:  August 1-16, 1936
Berlin, Germany
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of William Haller
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 21:57:22
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