A fencing prodigy at 13, German Senior Champion (1925) at 14, and Olympic Gold Medallist (1928) before her eighteenth birthday, Helene Mayer was a goddess to her German countrymen. But, by 1930, with her Jewish past identified, she was living in self-imposed exile in California. With a threatened boycott of the 1936 Berlin Games over the issue of anti-Semitism, the Nazi party came up with a brilliant public relations strategy: for two weeks Berlin would be declared a hate-free city. The blonde beauty, once viewed as the essence of Aryan womanhood, would be brought home to fence for the Fatherland. Now, as Hitler's token Jewish Olympian, she was determined to win back her citizenship...
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Published January 1, 2001
by RDR Books.
Biographies & Memoirs, History, Sports & Outdoors, Travel.