A new documentary chronicles the African-Americans athletes who beat the Nazis in the 1936 Olympics while still facing racism back home. Most people know of Jesse Owens who won four gold medals in front of Adolf Hitler during the Olympics and who shook his master race theory to the ground. But what about the 17 other athletes who also participated in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin?
The irony is that although Hitler´s Aryan race hate doctrine was the law of the land, most of the German people lauded the African-American competitors, asking for autographs, inviting them to their homes and treating them with the respect that their white compatriots often did not, the film shows. While back home in the US, black people couldnt eat in the same restaurant as white people and they couldnt even vote.