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The 1936 Nazi Olympics

American Responses to Racism at the Berlin Games

In the 1930s, students, Black Americans, and religious groups in the United States debated the morality of participating in Olympic games hosted by the Nazi regime. Explore varying viewpoints on this question through original primary sources in Experiencing History.

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Feder, Sami, photo of Performance of Azoy hot es zikh ongehoybn (This is How it Began), Kazet Theater 1947

Jewish Perspectives on the Holocaust

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Americans and the Holocaust

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Everyday Life: Roles, Motives, and Choices During the Holocaust

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