80 years ago, Jesse Owens destroyed the Olympics’ racial hierarchy and humiliated Hitler at the Berlin Games.
22-year-old Jesse Owens rose above prejudice. He smashed the assumed racial superiority by winning FOUR gold medals during the 1936 Olympic Games.
The son of a sharecropper and whose grandparents had been slaves, Owens won the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay, and long jump breaking the Olympic records that would stand for 20 years. Even Hitler couldn’t stand the humiliation and left the stadium in a huff.
He became the first American to win four gold medals at a single Olympics. However, Owens returned to America to be made to feel unworthy.
“I came back to my native country and I couldn’t ride in the front of the bus. I had to go to the back door, I couldn’t live where I wanted. I wasn’t invited up to shake hands with Hitler, but I wasn’t invited to the White House to shake hands with the President either.”
Give some respect to Jesse Owens, The man who
traveled to a nation that officially hated them for the color of their skin, representing a country that unofficially hated them for the same reason, and kicked all their asses.
June 23, 1940, the day after Germany established occupation of France, Hitler made a lightning trip to Paris. His two hour tour of the capital included Notre Dame, Invalides, the Arc de Triomphe and, as seen here, the Opera.
Le Grand Palais, 1944
Two friends celebrate the liberation of Paris at Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, in August 1944.
Notre Dame, 1944
A joyful Liberation scene on August 25, 1944.
“Julien Knez brings the past to the future by placing photos of Paris from the 19th and 20th centuries against their modern-day counterparts to reflect on how much the city has changed, yet still remains familiar.”
The now abandoned Beelitz Heilstätten Military Hospital in Berlin, where Adolf Hitler was treated for his war wounds in WWI. This hospital is the reason Hitler survived and went on to reign terror in WWII, 21 years later.The dilapidated building is reportedly haunted by the ghosts of German soldiers who never made it out of the atrocious battle alive.