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German Jewish Track Star Margaret Bergmann Lambert on the 1936 Olympics

Lambert trained for the 1936 Berlin Olympics, but was not allowed on the German team because she is Jewish. She emigrated to the United States in 1937 and worked as a masseuse, maid and physical therapist. That same year, she won the U.S. high jump and shot-put titles. This year, Lambert accepted an invitation by the German Olympic committee to attend the Atlanta Games. Her story is featured in an exhibit at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, "The Nazi Olympics Berlin 1936." The exhibit examines the International Olympic Committee's decision to leave the Games in Berlin after Hitler came to power.


Other segments from the episode on August 14, 1996

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, August 14, 1996: Interview with Margaret Bergmann Lambert; Interview with Joseph McCormick and Susan Fisher-Hoch; Review of Syd Straw's album "War and Peace."


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