The Nazi Games: Berlin 1936
About This Episode
The Nazi Games: Berlin 1936 chronicles the story of how the Nazis and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) turned a relatively small, elitist, sports event into an epic global and mass media spectacle that continues to this day. The grand themes from the 1936 Games are repeated with every quadrennial reprise: architectural grandiosity, catastrophic budget overruns, corruption, bribery, collusion with unsavory characters and the unrelenting myth of heroic physical achievement. Despite the modern Olympic Games being “revived” in Athens in 1896, the Games as we have come to know them were shaped by the collaboration of interests between the Nazis and the IOC.
Featuring never-before-seen archival footage and new research, the documentary reveals how the Olympic temple is not as virtuous as its acolytes insist. In fact, it is merely a façade that hides earthly, and often insidious, actors who see collusion with the Nazis was a first step in a global deception.