PITTSBURGH--()--As the world and Pittsburgh are captivated by the London 2012 Olympics this summer, the Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and the August Wilson Center for African American Culture announce their partnership to present The Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936. The acclaimed national exhibition will debut in Pittsburgh October 25, 2012 through February 28, 2013.
“This significant exhibition brings together two of our community’s cultural jewels, along with the ongoing work that both organizations are doing to create a more tolerant and civil society filled with arts and culture”
Curated by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), the 4,000 sq. foot exhibition explores the issues surrounding the 1936 Olympic Games including the Nazis’ use of propaganda, the intense boycott debate, history of the torch run, and the historic performance of Jesse Owens.
The Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936 was secured by the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh and will be hosted at the August Wilson Center. Exhibition co-chairs are community leaders and volunteers Daniel and Barbara Shapira and Franco Harris. The collaboration highlights each organization's desire to encourage community programs that promote diversity and historical events that have shaped the world.
“This significant exhibition brings together two of our community’s cultural jewels, along with the ongoing work that both organizations are doing to create a more tolerant and civil society filled with arts and culture,” said Franco Harris, former Steeler Running Back/Hall-of-Fame Member & Nazi Olympics Exhibition Co-Chair. “In this case, we are reflecting on history through sports, which is a uniquely Pittsburgh way to demonstrate how our contributions have changed the world, and how the world has impacted our respective communities.”
This exhibition could not have a more propitious timing for Pittsburgh as 2012 is both an Olympic year and it commemorates the 75th Anniversary of the 1936 Berlin Olympics. This year also marks the untimely passing of Pittsburgher Les Banos, who attended the 1936 games as a young boy and had worked closely with The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh and the August Wilson Center to bring the exhibition to Pittsburgh. Banos was a Holocaust survivor and rescuer, spy, and renowned Pittsburgh sports photographer whose vision was to see this powerful exhibition, along with related programming and partnerships occur in his adopted hometown.
The Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936 exhibition is being sponsored by individuals and organizations, including The Falk Foundation, which works to achieve a tolerant, just and inclusive society by reforming racially discriminatory policies and practices and promoting inclusion.
Pittsburgh organizers note that The Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936 will serve as a catalyst for numerous related programs, lectures, school visits and events during its six-months in Pittsburgh.
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