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Scene during the opening of the 11th Summer Olympic Games

On August 1, 1936, Hitler opened the 11th Summer Olympic Games. Inaugurating a new Olympic ritual, a lone runner arrived bearing a torch carried by relay from the site of the ancient Games in Olympia, Greece. This photograph shows an Olympic torch bearer running through Berlin, passing by the Brandenburg Gate, shortly before the opening ceremony. Berlin, Germany, July-August 1936.


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On August 1, 1936, Hitler opened the 11th Summer Olympic Games. [LCID: 21678]