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eMedals-Germany. A 1936 XI Berlin Summer Olympic Games Cologne 4711 Medal

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Germany. A 1936 XI Berlin Summer Olympic Games Cologne 4711 Medal



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Germany. A 1936 XI Berlin Summer Olympic Games Cologne 4711 Medal

Germany (Third Reich); Silvered bronze, obverse illustrating a right-facing Greek head, inscribed "4711-ERINNERUNG OLYMPIA 1936 BERLIN" below, framed by branches of laurel leaves on either side, reverse illustrating a bell marked "4711" within an oval frame, inscribed "KÖLN" (Cologne) and "GLOCKEHGASSE" below, framed by branches of laurel leaves on either side, 35 mm, integral ring, scattered silvering wear, contact marks, very fine. Footnote: The 1936 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XI Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event that was held in 1936 in Berlin, Nazi Germany. Berlin won the bid to host the Games over Barcelona, Spain, on April 26, 1931, at the 29th IOC Session in Barcelona (two years before the Nazis came to power). It marked the second and final time the International Olympic Committee gathered to vote in a city that was bidding to host those Games. To outdo the Los Angeles games of 1932, Adolf Hitler had built a new 100,000-seat track and field stadium, six gymnasiums, and many other smaller arenas. The games were the first to be televised, and radio broadcasts reached forty-one countries. Filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl was commissioned by the German Olympic Committee to film the Games for $7 million. Her film, titled Olympia, pioneered many of the techniques now common in the filming of sports. Reich Chancellor Adolf Hitler saw the Games as an opportunity to promote his government and ideals of racial supremacy and antisemitism, and the official Nazi party paper, the Völkischer Beobachter, wrote in the strongest terms that Jews should not be allowed to participate in the Games. When threatened with a boycott of the Games by other nations, Hitler appeared to allow athletes of other ethnicities from other countries to participate. However, German Jewish athletes were barred or prevented from taking part by a variety of methods and Jewish athletes from other countries (notably the United States) seem to have been side-lined in order not to offend the Nazi regime. Total ticket revenues were 7.5 million Reichsmark, generating a profit of over one million Reichsmark. The official budget did not include outlays by the city of Berlin (which issued an itemized report detailing its costs of 16.5 million Reichsmark) or outlays of the German national government (which did not make its costs public, but is estimated to have spent US $30 million). Jesse Owens won four gold medals in the sprint and long jump events and became the most successful athlete to compete in Berlin while the host country was the most successful country overall with eighty-nine medals total, with the United States coming in second with fifty-six medals. These were the final Olympics under the presidency of Henri de Baillet-Latour and the final Olympic Games for twelve years because of the Second World War. The next Olympic Games would be held in 1948 (the Winter Games in St, Moritz, Switzerland and then the Summer Games in London, England).
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