1936: A Jew Wins a Medal for Nazi Germany in the Berlin Olympics

American Jewry was aghast at Helene Mayer's decision to fence for Germany, which was hardly appreciative of its 'half-breed' athletes.

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On August 5, 1936, Helene Mayer, one of two Jews permitted to compete for Nazi Germany in the Berlin Olympics, won a silver medal in the individual fencing competition. Although Mayer, one of the finest...