Racing Before Hitler

My memories of athletic life as a Jewish teenager in Germany during the tumultuous 1930s.

May 4, 2017 | Walter Laqueur
About the author: Walter Laqueur is the author of, among other books, WeimarA History of TerrorismFascism: Past, Present, Future, and The Dream that Failed: Reflections on the Soviet Union. His newest book, Putinism: Russia and Its Future with the West, was released in 2015 by Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s.

Adolf Hitler at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images.

It’s not so common for people in their forties or fifties to start rereading the books they read at thirteen or fourteen. But it’s quite common for them to revisit and regale friends with their early sports achievements and those of others that they may have witnessed first-hand. “Those were the days, my friend. . . .”

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