Thursday, January 20, 2011

Preview of Intriguing Film

On January 25 at 7:30 p.m., join our friends at the JCC in Manhattan for a special preview screening of Berlin 36, a fascinating film based on the real life of Jewish athlete Gretel Bergmann and her attempt to compete in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Germany. She was at first denied a spot on the team because she was Jewish. She then enrolled in school in London where she continued to practice and improve her high jump. When the International Olympic Committee demanded that German Jews be able to compete, Gretel is called back from England to train. Despite being one of the best high jumpers in the world, at the last minute, when it was too late for the Americans to boycott, the Nazi party replaced her. The film follows the unlikely friendship of Gretel and “Marie,” the athlete that replaced her, who was later revealed to have been a man.

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