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50 stunning Olympic moments: Jesse Owens 4 golds in Berlin – in pictures

In the latest in our Olympic series, we relive the phenomenal performances of the 21 year old athlete Jesse Owens at the Olympic games which were being watched by Hitler in Berlin

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Jesse Owens was the most successful athlete in the 1936 Olympics. At a time when the Nazi authorities in Berlin were propagating Aryan supremacy, Jesse Owens’ superb performance was looked upon as a fitting answer to Adolf Hitler. This image, put into context, speaks volumes of Owens’ timely victories

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Centennial celebration ~ olympiad greatest moments ~ poster collection 1896-1996

Hard to believe Germany hosted the Berlin Olympics in 1936, but the bid was won in 1931; Hitler saw the Games as an opportunity to promote his government and ideals of racial supremacy

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