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The Berlin Olympics put the rise of Nazi Germany on show to the world.Hitler used these games as a loudspeaker, just as he had at the winter games at Garmisch-Partenkirchen a few months earlier. In order to hoodwink the world about their true intentions, the Nazis put on a whole series of pretences, such as selecting Jewish women athletes, for instance.But the swastikas raised over the Olympic circles and the hundreds of brown-shirts guarding the main installations showed that the machine was in motion. When the German delegation gave Hitler the Nazi salute during the opening ceremony there could no longer be any doubt, but it was too late to go back. Only one politician in Europe, Pierre Mendés-France had seen what was coming, and opposed the allocation of credits to enable the French team to go to Berlin.
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