Since their rediscovery the contemporary Olympic Games stir people’s interest and occupy a growing space in the collective imagination, in the society and in political life.
Olympic Games will be used from the ideological point of view for the spreading of Nazi propaganda all over Europe. As a reaction, a number of pleas to boycott the Games on behalf of basic principles of democracies are launched. The ineffectiveness of opinion campaigns for the boycott, the relinquishment of the national Olympic committees to take a stand against it, as well as the unprecedented media arousing about this edition of the Olympic Games seem to make it unavoidable that the Olympics have to take place in Berlin.
When World War II sparks off the Nazi terror all around Europe, sport becomes an instrument of submission and of cruelty used against the victims of the universe of concentration camps.
The exhibition, organized by the Shoah Mémorial in Paris and the enclosed seminar have been strongly wanted by the Jewish Community of Venice and Coopculture and supported by the Shoah Mémorial in Paris.