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The Resource Berlin 1936 : sixteen days in August, Oliver Hilmes ; translated from the German by Jefferson Chase

Berlin 1936 : sixteen days in August, Oliver Hilmes ; translated from the German by Jefferson Chase

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Berlin 1936 : sixteen days in August
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Berlin 1936
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sixteen days in August
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Oliver Hilmes ; translated from the German by Jefferson Chase
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  • eng
  • ger
  • eng
Summary
During the games the Nazi dictatorship was in many ways put on hold, and Berlin 1936 offers a last glimpse of the vibrant and diverse life in the German capital in the 1920s and 30s that the Nazis wanted to destroy
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  • The legendary feats of Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Olympics are one of numerous story lines in Hilmes's (Franz Liszt: Musician, Celebrity, Superstar) panorama of that fateful summer. Many of the characters who populate the Berlin venue, such as American author Thomas Wolfe, were already famous. Meanwhile, the circumstances of Peter Forhlich, a sports-obsessed child of Jewish descent, whose father managed to obtain tickets to the Olympic venue normally denied to Jews, gave little hint as to his later renown as the scholar Peter Gay—one of the foremost historians of European culture of his generation. Though Hilmes provides fascinating insight into the events, sounds, and even the weather of Berlin during those momentous 16 days, it is easy to get lost in the various narratives. Some individuals, such as the Berlin housewife who commits suicide, appear for only a paragraph; other anecdotes last for a few pages, while some figures, such as Wolfe, are continuing characters. Hilmes, however, does provide a beneficial "What become of…" epilog. Those interested in more detailed analysis should read Richard Mandell's Nazi Olympics. VERDICT A unique sports history recommended for all libraries. --Frederic Krome (Reviewed 01/01/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 1, p106)
  • The drama and personal stories behind one of the most famous—and infamous—Olympic Games. Hitler's goal for the 1936 Berlin Games, as Hilmes (Malevolent Muse: The Life of Alma Mahler, 2015, etc.) writes, was "to give visitors a positive impression of the Third Reich using the Olympics as camouflage." The author uses this event—the book has 16 chapters, one for each day of competition—to show the extent of Hitler's deception and its effect on actors, nightclub owners, everyday Berliners, and others. Among the ordinary citizens are a woman with a secret so painful that, rather than confess to her husband, she stepped in front of a moving train and a transvestite so afraid of detection she would not leave her apartment to see a doctor and died from a burst artery. Among the celebrities are Richard Strauss, who disdained "sports foolishness" yet still composed an "Olympic Hymn"; Jesse Owens, the American track star whose four gold medals were, in Joseph Goebbels' view, "an affront to the idea of white supremacy"; Leni Riefenstahl, whose film about the Games gives "a seemingly objective picture of an open-minded, cosmopolitan and peaceful Germany"; and Thomas Wolfe, whose falsely sanitized view of Germany changed dramatically during the event. Though Hilmes bogs down the story with too many unnecessary details—e.g., the streets people live on, the clubs they frequent, weather forecasts—he still offers memorable sequences, from chillingly amusing (Hermann Göring appearing in public in a different uniform depending on which of his many appellations an occasion called for) to harrowing, such as that prisoners already in Nazi camps were "beaten with sticks and hung from hooks with their hands bound behind their backs" while athletes celebrated 40 minutes away. Thomas Mann, listening to the Games from exile in Switzerland, knew that Hitler's intent was "to intimidate, indeed overwhelm the rest of the world." This mostly illuminating book chronicles those efforts and suggests the horrors to come. (Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2017)
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Hilmes, Oliver
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796.48
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illustrations
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index present
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non fiction
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bibliography
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Chase, Jefferson S.
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  • Olympic Games
  • Olympic Games
  • Olympics
  • National socialism and sports
  • National socialism and sports
  • Olympics
  • Berlin (Germany)
  • Germany
  • Germany
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sixteen days in August
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Berlin 1936 : sixteen days in August, Oliver Hilmes ; translated from the German by Jefferson Chase
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"Originally published in German as Berlin 1936: Sechzehn Tage im August"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 290-297) and indexes
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Contents
Saturday, 1 August 1936 -- Sunday, 2 August 1936 -- Monday, 3 August 1936 -- Tuesday, 4 August 1936 -- Wednesday, 5 August 1936 -- Thursday, 6 August 1936 -- Friday, 7 August 1936 -- Saturday, 8 August 1936 -- Sunday, 9 August 1936 -- Monday, 10 August 1936 -- Tuesday, 11 August 1936 -- Wednesday, 12 August 1936 -- Thursday, 13 August 1936 -- Friday, 14 August 1936 -- Saturday, 15 August 1936 -- Sunday, 16 August 1936 -- What became of...?
Control code
1907820
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
312 pages
Isbn
9781590519295
Lccn
2017031868
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations
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  • (Sirsi) i9781590519295
  • (OCoLC)986864077
Label
Berlin 1936 : sixteen days in August, Oliver Hilmes ; translated from the German by Jefferson Chase
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Originally published in German as Berlin 1936: Sechzehn Tage im August"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 290-297) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Saturday, 1 August 1936 -- Sunday, 2 August 1936 -- Monday, 3 August 1936 -- Tuesday, 4 August 1936 -- Wednesday, 5 August 1936 -- Thursday, 6 August 1936 -- Friday, 7 August 1936 -- Saturday, 8 August 1936 -- Sunday, 9 August 1936 -- Monday, 10 August 1936 -- Tuesday, 11 August 1936 -- Wednesday, 12 August 1936 -- Thursday, 13 August 1936 -- Friday, 14 August 1936 -- Saturday, 15 August 1936 -- Sunday, 16 August 1936 -- What became of...?
Control code
1907820
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
312 pages
Isbn
9781590519295
Lccn
2017031868
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781590519295
  • (OCoLC)986864077

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