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

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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 ...more
Paperback, 253 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by RDR Books
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Benjaminxjackson
Mar 31, 2011 Benjaminxjackson rated it liked it
The story of German fencer Helene Mayer is interesting because it is one of a talented athlete who gets caught up in the intrigues of the 1936 Olympics.

She became one of the token jews on the Nazi Olympic team and helped prevent a boycott of the 1936 Olympics by the U.S. and other countries.

As a fencer, I would have liked to hear more about her fencing and training. I would have liked to know how she approached the sport, but this was not a technical biography. Additionally, I would have liked
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Tim Stretton
Aug 25, 2016 Tim Stretton rated it really liked it
Milly Mogulof tells the fascinating story of Helene Mayer, the champion half-Jewish German fencer of the 1920s and 1930s. Meyer's was a short and tragic life: Olympic champion in 1928, she remained in America after the 1932 Olympics as her position in Germany became ever more untenable. Unwisely she returned to the German team as the "token Jew" for the 1936 Berlin Olympics. A silver medal and a Nazi salute on the podium were not enough to restore their adulation she once enjoyed, and she ...more
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