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  • 'Race': A historian looks at Jesse Owens' impact on Germany and the U.S.

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    The performance of Jesse Owens and other black athletes in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin may have challenged Adolf Hitler’s notions of racial supremacy, but the Olympics overall were a “great propaganda boost” for Nazi Germany, University of Illinois history professor Peter Fritzsche said.

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  • To contact Peter Fritzsche, email pfritzsc@illinois.edu.