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Each month we choose a favorite quote--something fun or something to make you think. See the archive for quotes from previous months.

Some athletes, most but not all of them Jewish, freely chose not to compete in Berlin or in Olympic trials. Members of the organized boycott movement had educated these young men and women about the ruthless actions of Hitler's regime, persecuting Jews and other minorities as well as opponents of Nazi rule. The names of these athletes will not be found in histories of the Olympics or record books. They earned the fate that Jesse Owens's coach said awaited him if he did not compete for a place on the Olympics team: they were forgotten.

           -- Susan D. Bachrach, The Nazi Olympics: Berlin, 1936 (Little, 2000)


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