I am Annie

I am Annie Nakache. My Father,Alfre Nakache was a famous Olympic swimmer. In 1936 he competed in the Berlin Olympic games for France. In July 1941 he set the world record in the 200 metre breaststroke with a time of 2:36.8. But his biggest achievement happened on August 12,1941. He became a father that day.Continue reading “I am Annie”

The German Jews at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

The 1936 Berlin were probably the biggest propaganda tool ever to be created by the Nazi regime, but I won’t go into the details of the actual games. I will focus on 3 people of Jewish descent. Two who survived the war and one who did a few days after the games. In 1935 tehContinue reading “The German Jews at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.”

Helene Mayer-Caught between a Rock and a hard place.

The Olympic Games are the biggest sporting events in the world. But more then a sporting event is is also a political event filled with propaganda. This was never more clear then in 1936 during the Berlin Olympic Games. On July 26,1935,German sports commissioner Hans von Tschammer und Osten advised that no Jews would representContinue reading “Helene Mayer-Caught between a Rock and a hard place.”

The weird case of Violette Morris

Of all stories relating to spies and collaborators during WWII this most be one of the most intriguing ones. When I first read about Violette Morris and saw the date she died,26 April 1944, I assumed she was killed for being a member of the French resistance. Why I thought that I don’t know. BornContinue reading “The weird case of Violette Morris”

Neuengamme concentration camp and the impact on Dutch sports and culture.

The SS established the Neuengamme concentration camp on December 13, 1938.It would become the biggest concentration camp in Northwest Germany.In excess of 100,000 inmates would come through Neuengamme and its sub camps. The death toll would be 42,900.14,000 in the main camp, 12,800 in the sub camps, and 16,100 during the death marches. These numbersContinue reading “Neuengamme concentration camp and the impact on Dutch sports and culture.”

The Nazi flame that still burns

It is safe to say that the Olympic Games is the biggest sporting event.Every 4 years the event attracts the attentions of hundreds of millions sports enthusiasts and also people who have very little interest in sports. for aside from the sports it is also entertainment and especially the opening ceremony. But above the sportsContinue reading “The Nazi flame that still burns”

Foy Draper Olympic and WWII Hero

The undisputed star of the 1936 Summer Olympics was Jesse Owens, but he was not the only athlete who won go;d medals. Foy Draper was part of the gold medal relay team along with Jesse Owens at the 1936 Summer Olympics. (Jesse Owens (left), Ralph Metcalfe (second left), Foy Draper (second right) and Frank WykoffContinue reading “Foy Draper Olympic and WWII Hero”

Richard Strauss-Nazi collaborator or victim of circumstance?

For people who don’t know classical music the name Richard Strauss will mean very little, but for music and movie fans they know the music of the man. His composition “Also Sprach Zarathustra” was made famous by the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey”     In the early 1930s, Strauss did not join the NaziContinue reading “Richard Strauss-Nazi collaborator or victim of circumstance?”

D.O.O.D- De Olympiade Onder Dictatuur- The Olympics under dictatorship

As part of the Nazis’ plan to make the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin a showcase of their ideological and racial superiority, Josef Goebbels, the regime’s propaganda chief, excluded Jews, leftists and purveyors of “degenerate” art from an Art Olympiad organized to coincide with the games. In response, a group of Dutch artists and intellectualsContinue reading “D.O.O.D- De Olympiade Onder Dictatuur- The Olympics under dictatorship”

Tarzan in WWII

Tarzan has been played by a great number of actors,  the actor mostly associated with the character Tarzan is the former Olympian Johnny Weissmüller. But the title of this blog indicates WWII,and Weissmüller did not serve during the war. However two other actors who played Tarzan did actively serve during World War II Glenn MorrisContinue reading “Tarzan in WWII”