Seasonal Special Happenings

Jesse Owens and the Nazi Olympics

When: Sat., Jan. 8 2011

In 1936, the world's attention was riveted by the Olympic Games being held in Hitler's Germany. Among the most promising American athletes in attendance was track-star Jesse Owens, a graduate of Cleveland's East Tech High School and student at Ohio State University. As an African American in the midst of Berlin, Jesse had a lot more to overcome than just the competition. The current exhibit at the Maltz Museum, The Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936, fills in the picture of those difficult and disturbing times. "As a museum of diversity and tolerance, we are always looking for special exhibits that appeal to both the head and the heart," says executive director Judi Feniger. "The Nazi Olympics, with its stories of politics and racism, propaganda and intrigue, physical prowess and mental pressure, offers a compelling experience for visitors of all ages." Co-sponsored by the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the exhibit continues through January 23. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and $5 for kids. The museum is at 2929 Richmond Rd. in Beachwood. For more information, visit maltzjewishmuseum.org or call 216-593-0575. — Nathaniel Maund

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