The US rowing team arrived in Berlin for the 1936 Olympics, known to history as the “Nazi Olympics.” But the rowers weren’t perturbed. When Germans greeted them by saying, “Heil, Hitler!”, they answered, “Heil, Roosevelt!”
Adolf Hitler planned to use the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin 1936 Jesse Owens arrived in Berlin to compete for the United States in the Summer Olympics. Adolf Hitler was using the games to show the world a resurgent Nazi Germany. Nazi propaganda promoted concepts of “Aryan racial superiority” and depicted ethnic Africans as inferior. American Owens countered this by winning four gold medals.