- Posted by Ann Abrams
- On August 10, 2016
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I’m delighted to introduce Rachel Simon, a student at the Simmons College School of Library and Information Science, and an intern in the Dr. Arnold L. Segel Library Center this summer! Rachel has assisted me in numerous ways, including: working on resources for the Religious School’s curriculum, responding to reference requests, cataloguing books, films and other materials, shelving, creating resource lists, helping me send books we don’t need to libraries all over the world, co-leading our book group, helping me think about ways to transform our library space and programs, and more! She also is a writer, and wrote the following review of The Nazi Games: Berlin, 1936, a PBS documentary.
The Nazi Games – Berlin, 1936 was an hour-long PBS documentary shown August 2, 2016, right before the Opening Ceremonies of the 2016 Summer Olympics. The documentary shared information on how the Olympic Games, as they are today, were influenced by Berlin’s hosting of the Winter 1936 Games. It can also be seen on PBS’s website until mid-September if you are so inclined to watch.
Germany created a large stadium with 100,000 seats, where it hosted the Games, “cleansed” the city by removing 600 Romani outside the city to show a peaceful and prosperous city, which did not portray the rumors of a warlike Nazi state, and were the first to televise the Games as well as the Torch Relay. 49 countries attended the 1936 Winter Games, which was the largest number that had ever participated. A few countries, such as the United States and Great Britain, criticized the Germans for having no Jews on their team, and in response, Germany allowed Helene Mayer, a fencing champion and -half-Jewish German citizen, to be on their fencing team. It was also the first Olympic Game to be widely distributed by newspaper, radio and television. News of the sports’ winners got to New York in 2 ½ days, which was fast for that time period. Radios translated the Games into 28 languages. The televised Games (held in Television Rooms throughout Berlin) were even harder to get a ticket to than the actual stadium!
Overall, the documentary was an interesting and engaging watch, sharing new information that had not been discussed previously. The Torch Relay, though established in Ancient Greece, was brought back by the Nazis to show the “ideal” athlete, and is still instituted today.
Rachel Simon, Library Intern
Temple Israel, Boston