Propaganda of the Third Reich on the eve of the 11th summer Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936 Cover Image

Propaganda III Rzeszy w przeddzień XI. letnich Igrzysk Olimpijskich w Berlinie w 1936 roku
Propaganda of the Third Reich on the eve of the 11th summer Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936

(in the Light of ‘Völkischer Beobachter’ – the official organ of the NSDAP)

Author(s): Miłosz Stępiński
Subject(s): History, Recent History (1900 till today), WW II and following years (1940 - 1949)
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Szczecińskiego
Keywords: the Third Reich; propaganda; Olympic Games

Summary/Abstract: March 16th, 1933 is one of the most important dates in the history of the international Olympic Games movement and the Olympic Games themselves. It was on that day that the decisions concerning the planned 11th Olympic Games in 1936 were made in Berlin. The decision to confer the honour of organising the 1936 Olympics to the capita of the Weimar Republic was taken in May 1936. After January 30th, 1933 the Nazis inherited the Olympic Games from the Weimar Republic, the regime they sincerely despised. They saw the benefits resulting from using the Olympic Games as an instrument for propagating their own ideas. That is why they put aside their negative attitude towards the Olympic idea. The main organiser of the Olympic Games was not the Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda headed by Joseph Goebbels but the so called ‘Great Troika’ composed of Theodor Lewald, Karl Ritter von Halt and Carl Diem. The article presents the action taken by the newspaper ‘Völkischer Beobachter’, the official organ of the NSDAP; the newspaper made a considerable contribution to the great success of the Nazi Regime’s propaganda, which the 11th Olympic Games turned out to be long before the opening ceremony.

  • Issue Year: 30/2015
  • Issue No: 03
  • Page Range: 9-34
  • Page Count: 34
  • Language: Polish