Foiled, Hitler's Jewish Olympian: The Helene Mayer Story

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RDR Books, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 253 pages
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Arguably history's most famous woman fencer, named as one of the top 100 athletes of the century by Sports Illustrated, Helene Mayer won the gold for Germany in the 1928 Berlin Olympics. Eight years later, with America poised to boycott the 1936 Berlin Olympics over anti-Semitism, the Nazis brought Mayer home from self-imposed exile in California to be the token Jew on their team. This marvelous book is the story of a beautiful and talented young woman who tries to win back her citizenship by fencing for the Third Reich. The thought-provoking saga of the central figure in the 20th century's most dramatic sports controversy.
  

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Contents

The Golden He
1
The Olympics Before 1928
9
The Jewish Legacy
17
The Early Years in Offenbach Beginning the Journey
27
The Schillerschule Years
39
Hitler Comes to Power Helene Comes to America
51
Mills College
77
The Olympics Controversy
93
A Doomed Decade
191
The Final Chapter
211
Epilogue
219
Postscript
229
Helene Mayer Chronology
230
Endnotes
234
Bibliography
242
Acknowledgments
247

Helene in the Spotlight
109
The Nazi Olympiad1936
135
Helene and the Games
149
The Olympic Pause
171
Index
249
About the Author
253
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