Propaganda - 1936 Berlin Olympics

Medal ceremony for Jesse Owens


Berlin was scheduled to host the Olympic Games in 1916 before the First World War started. Then Germany was excluded from the Olympic Games until 1928. The 1936 Berlin Olympic Games were meant to be a recognition of the new democratic Germany but political forces changed the features of Berlin and the purpose of the Olympic Games.

This unit will focus on the Olympics of 1936 and the issues and features of what would be a propaganda event for Nazi Germany. Here you can investigate the historical context, the role of media, the Australian experience of the Games and highlights of performances.

Useful Links

Historical context  

What was happening.

The Games

Location, preparations, protocols, key issues.


Key events, athlete profiles, team results.


Teacher Guides 

Multimedia Gallery