In February 1936, the IV Olympic Winter Games were held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Even at that time, people were fascinated by winter sports and the National Socialist dictatorship knew how to use this fact for its own purposes and goals.
With nearly perfect organisation, the logistics and presentation of the competitions, many new buildings, and elaborate locations of the competitions, they managed to illustrate the image of a peaceful Germany.
However, the Nazi regime just availed itself of the sports events. They continued their suppression of political opponents as well as their harassment, humiliation, and deprivation of the rights of German Jews – the preliminary stages on the way to the Holocaust – just as they continued the build-up of arms and the militarisation of German society, which took place behind the setting of the sports events.
This exhibition shows those two sides of the 1936 Winter Games – the sportive and organisational fascination of the Winter Olympics as well as their function as a disguise for a brutal regime.
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Karl und Martin Neuner Platz (Eastern Entrance)
Thursday through Sunday 10:00-16:00, during the opening times of the Tourist Information