The 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin were designed to deliver a propaganda coup for the Nazi Party and Adolf Hitler. The games would highlight the alleged superiority of the Aryan race in physical competition. Apparently, the Nazis didn’t count an African-American athlete spoiling their ambitions. Jesse Owens took home an astounding four gold medals in track and field events including the long jump, the 100-meter, the 200-meter and the 4x100-meter relay race. Although Hitler apparently bristled at the idea of a black man, Owens himself was more put off by the lack of acknowledgment for his victories in the United States. Hitler had sent Owens a commemorative photo of his victories, but Owens didn’t receive so much as a telegram from the White House under President Franklin D. Roosevelt congratulating him on his victories.

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The 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin were designed to deliver a propaganda coup for the Nazi Party and Adolf Hitler. The games would highlight the alleged superiority of the Aryan race in physical competition.
 
Apparently, the Nazis didn’t count an African-American athlete spoiling their ambitions.
 
Jesse Owens took home an astounding four gold medals in track and field events including the long jump, the 100-meter, the 200-meter and the 4x100-meter relay race.
 
Although Hitler apparently bristled at the idea of a black man, Owens himself was more put off by the lack of acknowledgment for his victories in the United States. Hitler had sent Owens a commemorative photo of his victories, but Owens didn’t receive so much as a telegram from the White House under President Franklin D. Roosevelt congratulating him on his victories.

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(Source: Wikipedia)

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    Owen’s great great grandson goes to my school :D
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    Of ALL people…HITLER sent Owens photos of his victories…