The H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports and the Texas Program in Sport and Media Present: The Nazi Olympics Berlin 1936
NO CHARGE FOR ADMISSION
This special exhibition, created by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, in Washington, D.C., is a thought provoking visual and multi-media experience exploring the history and impact of the most controversial of all Olympic Games: The Nazi Olympics.
The Nazi Olympics documents the treatment of Jews in Germany prior to the Games, how Hitler and the Nazis utilized this celebration of sport as propaganda for their regime, and how other countries, including America, responded. Prior to the 1936 Games, new laws in Germany stripped Jews of their citizenship; some American leaders discussed boycotting the games; and Jewish athletes throughout the world had to consider whether they should also refuse to participate. In the end, of course, America attended the The Nazi Olympics, and in one of the Olympics’ most transcendent events, African American Jesse Owens’ dominance on the track proved the fallacy of Aryan dreams. But The Nazi Olympics is the story of much more than Jesse Owens, and the pictures and personal testimonies from officials and other athletes in Berlin help viewers not only to understand the true nature of racism but also to better understand the power of sport to bridge cultural difference. The Nazi Olympics demonstrates powerfully the close connections between sport and politics and how the Olympic Games’ are much more than “simply sport.”
The Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at UT Austin is a scholarly programming partner for the exhibition.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum exhibitions program is supported in part by the Lester Robbins and Sheila Johnson Robbins Traveling and Special Exhibition Fund established in 1990. The traveling exhibitions are also supported by Dr. and Mrs. Sol Center.
Location: The Stark Center is located in the North End Zone of the football stadium on the campus of UT Austin. Enter Gate 16 (across from the Performing Arts Building on 23rd Street) and take the elevators to the 5th level. You will see signs for the exhibit in front of the entrance once you are on 23rd street. We strongly recommend you park in either Manor Garage or San Jacinto Garage; there is a fee to park in either garage. Maps and other parking options on campus may be found on the UT Parking & Transportation web site: https://www.utexas.edu/parking/.
For groups of 10 visitors or more, please contact us at least one day ahead of your visit by calling 512-471-0995 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. School groups and camps are welcome to bring large groups, but you must arrange your own parking with UT parking and transportation for your buses. See https://www.utexas.edu/parking/ for the UT Austin parking info on the web.