The Great Jewish Fencer Who Served as the Nazis’ Token Jew at the 1936 Olympics

The Great Jewish Fencer Who Served as the Nazis’ Token Jew at the 1936 Olympics

The 1936 Olympics Games, held in Berlin, are best remembered for the American athlete Jesse Owens’ impressive performance, which undermined Hitler’s claims of Aryan physical supremacy. But earlier, the International Olympic Committee had also informed the Third Reich that it couldn’t host the games if it didn’t allow Jews to play, and the Americans likewise threatened a boycott.