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Adolf Hitler rides in a motorcade through the Brandenburg Gate to the opening ceremonies of the 11th Olympiad in Berlin, August 1, 1936. The games had been awarded to Germany before Hitler came to power. During the Olympics, a three-week moratorium on anti-Jewish measures was put into effect to create a favorable impression upon foreign visitors. Below: Inside the newly built Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germans salute Adolf Hitler at the opening of the games. Hitler took a keen interest in the games and the early victories of German athletes. However they were overshadowed by the record breaking performances of American runner Jesse Owens.

(Photo credits: U.S. National Archives courtesy of USHMM Photo Archives)

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