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Exhibition highlights dark side of Nazi Olympics

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Most people know about the 1936 Summer Olympics in Munich when Hitler had to shake Jessie Owen’s hand after he beat the master race over 100 metres.

How many know the Bavarian ski resort Garmisch-Partenkirchen also hosted that year’s Winter games, and was then offered the following Winter Olympics due for 1940?

An exhibition in Garmisch-Partenkirchen entitled ‘The Flip Side of the Medal’ attempts to illustrate the influence Hitler’s regime exerted on the event.

It also underlines how the International Olympic Committee chose to ignore the events of 1938 when the following year it awarded Garmisch-Partenkirchen its second games in a row.

See the story in this edition of Le Mag.