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Six Minutes in Berlin: Broadcast Spectacle and Rowing Gold at the Nazi Olympics

Michael Socolow


The Berlin Olympics, August 14, 1936. German rowers, dominant at the Games, line up against America's top eight-oared crew. Hundreds of millions of listeners worldwide wait by their radios. Leni Riefenstahl prepares her cameramen. Grantland Rice looks past the 75,000 spectators crowding the riverbank. Above it all, the Nazi leadership, flush with the propaganda triumph the Olympics have given their New Germany, await a crowning victory they can broadcast to the world. The Berlin Games matched cutting-edge communication technology with compelling sports narrative to draw the blueprint for all f ... More

Keywords: Berlin Olympics, Nazi leadership, propaganda, New Germany, Berlin Games, communication technology, sports broadcasting

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780252040702
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040702.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Socolow, author
University of Maine