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MAYER Helena (1910-1953) Germany / Fencing
Olympic champion in the foil at Amsterdam in 1928, Helena Mayer, a Jewish fencer, was herself used as a foil by the German Olympic Committee that selected her for the Berlin games in 1936.She was selected at the same time as athlete Gretel Bergmann.By selecting the two sportswomen, the German authorities tried to prove that they were neither racist nor anti-Semitic, but that did not fool many people.
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