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May 1, 2007

When Jesse Owens Raced in Front of Hitler

For his new book, ESPN's Jeremy Schaap re-visits the surreal 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany, and the legendary feats of the US team's top performer.

Carl Bialik

Ahead of the 1936 Summer Olympics, US track star Jesse Owens concerned himself with practical matters such as his injuries and his rivals. Meanwhile, American politicians and sports officials hotly debated whether Owens and his teammates should compete in the Games in Nazi Germany, or boycott them to protest Hitler's overt anti-Semitism. In Jeremy Schaap's new book, Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics, Owens's legendary performance is shown as carrying heavy political meaning. His feats were a source of celebration and pride among African-Americans. Yet when the US decided to participate in the Hitler-hosted Games, Owens and his teammates also unwittingly lent credibility to a genocidal regime.

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- posted on Sep 17, 08

he was inpiering to me !!!

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zephyr smith

i love this biography but this cant help with my project . This isnt enough information for i can past .

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- posted on Apr 11, 13

he was amazing and i hope to follow behind him but im going to be more adventurous

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