Hitler’s Winter Olympics

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The 1936 Winter Olympics, officially known as the IV Olympic Winter Games  (German: Olympische Winterspiele 1936), were a winter multi-sport competition which was celebrated in 1936 in the market town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bavaria, Germany. Germany also hosted the Summer Olympics the same year in Berlin. 1936 is the last year in which the Summer and Winter Games were both held in the same country (the cancelled 1940 games would have been held in Japan, with that country likewise hosting the Winter and Summer games).

The 1936 Winter Olympics were organized on behalf of the German League of the Reich for Physical Exercise (DRL) by Karl Ritter von Halt. Von Halt had been named President of the Committee for the organization of the Fourth Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen by Reichssportführer Hans von Tschammer und Osten.

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Here’s German skier Chistl Cranz performing in front of a crowd in the women’s alpine combined:

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Ski jumping was also a big hit. Here’s Masaji Iguro, of Japan, during a training session.

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The German figure-skating duo of Maxi Herber and Ernst Baier give a  salute as they receive the gold medal.

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Figure Skater Sonja Henie and Adolph Hitler.

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Highlights-

For Then and now photos – http://www.thirdreichruins.com/garmisch.htm

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