El desafío a los juegos olímpicos de Berlín 1936: Los atletas Judíos de Palestina en la frustrada Olimpiada Popular de Barcelona

Translated title of the contribution: The challenge to the 1936 Berlin olympic games: The Jewish athletes from Palestine and the frustrated Barcelona Popular Olympiad

Raanan Rein*

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Abstract

On 19th July 1936, a few hours before the scheduled opening ceremony of the Peoples' Olympiad, the military uprising against the elected government of the Second Republic broke out. Most of the athletes who had come to Barcelona departed quickly. However, some of them remained in Spain and became the first international volunteers to help in the defense of the Republic. The Barcelona games had been planned as a response to the Olympics, about to open in Berlin, which had been hijacked to serve the Nazi propaganda. Since the Peoples' Olympiad did not take place, historiography has dedicated only little attention to this anti-fascist effort of counter-Olympics. This paper focuses on the delegation of athletes from Jewish Palestine, which consisted mainly of members of the Hapoel Sport's Federation. This was the first expression of the Yishuv's solidarity with the Spanish Republic and the anti-fascist struggle.

Translated title of the contributionThe challenge to the 1936 Berlin olympic games: The Jewish athletes from Palestine and the frustrated Barcelona Popular Olympiad
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)121-155
Number of pages35
JournalHistoria Contemporanea
Issue number56
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Berlin olympic games
  • International volunteers
  • Palestine
  • Popular Olympiad
  • Spanish civil war
  • Zionism

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