[Berlin]: [Presse-Bild-Zentrale Braemer & Güll], . First edition. Hardcover. Oblong folio. Unpaginated. pp. Original bolted brown morocco, with gold lettering on front cover. Originally published in 18 pockets containing each a captioned card, as well as 12 b/w photographic reproductions, this collection of 216 photographs are part of two complete series: A first series of 12 photographs depicting "Berlin im Festschmuck" (Berlin in festive decorations), and showing the following views of the capital of the Third Reich: Berliners and tourists strolling about the Lustgarden amid a display of flags from participating nations, Unter den Linden, view of the Parizer Platz from the top of the Brandenburg Gate, the headquarters of the Organizing Committee for the XIth Olympiad, the flags of the participating nations displayed on the Parizer Platz, the Berlin City Hall, the Potsdamer Bahnhof, and the Adolf-Hitler Platz with buildings decorated with Olympic flags hung side-by-side with Nazi swastikas. Each photograph measures appr. 2 6/8 x 3 1/2", and is numbered at lower left corner. The caption card for these 12 pictures is pasted along with the photographs; A second series of 204 photographs starting with the beginning of the torch relay in Athens up to the closing ceremony, highlights the most memorable moments of the 1936 Berlin Games. Some of the pictures depict the following: Hitler opening the games, Helen Mayer*, Jesse Owens, various other athletes competing, etc.. Each photograph measures appr. 2 6/8 x 3 1/2", and is numbered at lower left corner. The second series' 17 captioned texts are pasted along with the photographs. Moderate shelf wear along edges of album. Previous owner's bookplate on inside of front cover. All the tissue-guards have been more or less neatly removed by previous owner. Captions in German. Album in overall good+, interior in very good condition. vg. Item #39039
About the Berlin 1936 Olympics: Under Goebbels' direction, the Nazis intended to use the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin as a showcase for the "new Germany. The Nazis also hoped to profit from the tens of thousands of souvenir-hungry tourists who would bring much needed foreign currency into the country. The Nazi administration spent 42 million Reichmarks building an impressive 325-acre Olympics sports complex located about five miles west of Berlin. This was the same site that had been chosen for the canceled 1916 Games. The centerpiece of the new sports complex was the gigantic Olympic Stadium built of natural stone which could seat 110,000 spectators. Inside this stadium, the world's largest, there was a special seating area built for Hitler and top Nazis. While the ambitious Olympic construction project was underway in 1934-35, huge controversy erupted over the exclusion of Jewish athletes from Germany's Olympic team. The president of Germany's Olympic Committee, Dr. Theodor Lewald, was himself ousted from this prestigious position after it was revealed his paternal grandmother was Jewish. He was replaced by a high ranking SA man named Hans von Tschammer und Osten.
* Helene Mayer (1910-1953) was a world champion Olympic fencer who competed for Nazi Germany in the 1936 Summer Olympics, despite having been forced to leave Germany and resettle in the United States because she was of partial Jewish family background. Mayer was born in Offenbach am Main, the daughter of Ida (née Becker) and Ludwig Mayer, a physician. Her father was Jewish and her mother was Lutheran. In 1933 she learned that she had been expelled from the Offenbach Fencing Club as part of a Nazi purge of Jewish athletes. She fled persecution in Germany after Hitler's rise to power because of her status as a Mischling, having a Jewish father. The Amateur Athletic Union then voted to boycott the 1936 Olympics, to be held in Berlin, unless Jews were allowed to take part in the German trials and compete for Germany in the Olympics. As a gesture of compliance, the German Olympic Committee invited Mayer to join the national team. She accepted, hoping to be accepted back into German society, and returned to Germany to compete in the 1936 Summer Olympics, despite protests from the American Jewish community and other Jewish athletes, She won a silver medal. Controversially, she wore a swastika and extended her right arm in the Nazi salute on the medal stand during the medal ceremony. This rankled many, but others explained that she was trying to protect her family. Although her Jewish father had died in 1931, her mother and two brothers had continued to live in Germany. Mayer considered herself German and wanted to represent her country, but she was not accepted back into German society. She was one of a number of Jewish athletes who won medals at the Nazi Olympics in Berlin in 1936.