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The XI Olympiad was held in Berlin from 1 to 16 August 1936. New Zealand sent a team of 7 athletes and an official (Arthur Poritt). For many the games are best remembered for Hitler’s failed attempt to prove his theories of Aryan racial superiority - African-American sprinter and long-jumper, Jesse Owens, who won 4 golds, was the most popular hero of the games! For most New Zealanders, however, the memorable event of the games was Jack Lovelock’s gold medal win in the 1500 metres. Lovelock set a new world record of 3 minutes 47.8 seconds.

1:43:37 Boats on water, one is named “PILOTS”; ships rigging and bow; men and women swimming in the ships pool; shipboard games and activities.
1:46:16 Soccer match at the Berlin Olympics; in the showgrounds a pedestrian bridge reads, “ZUR U BAHN”; woman eating morning tea; crowds walking through grounds.
1:46:45 Olympic swimming and water polo; crowds watching soccer match; crowds around the Olympic village; military formations [Black shirts ?].
1:48:49 KLM plane at airport; two men and a woman at airport.
1:49:05 Edna Greenslade smiles to the camera.
1:49:12 Hitler Youth marching down German streets; Black shirts, Nazi flags and emblems can be seen adorning the streets from a moving car; the zeppelin, Hindenburg, flies over head; in a public square a row of swastika flags stand tall; surrounding buildings and statues; the burning Olympic flame.
1:50:04 Edna Greenslade walks towards camera; further views of fountains and monuments; Olympic volleyball.
1:50:49 Last picture frame.

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Year 1936

Reference number F41494

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Genre Amateur

Duration 0:07:12

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