Conference on the Nazi Games

Florida Gulf Coast University

Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies

MARCH 29 & 30, 2016

The Nazi Games: The Berlin Olympics after 80 Years

In August 1936, Adolf Hitler’s Nazi dictatorship hosted the Summer Olympics, using this global event to showcase the new Third Reich and conceal its antisemitic and militaristic intentions. The regime attempted to portray a peaceful, tolerant Germany to the international community. With the rejection of a boycott for the Summer Games, Western democracies lost an early chance to oppose the tyranny of Hitler’s regime.

This conference, taking place to mark 80 years since the 1936 Berlin Olympics, seeks to bring together individuals from a wide variety of disciplines to explore key issues and present recent research relating to this event, as well as contribute to ongoing discussion.

The conference welcomes proposals from established scholars and graduate students, and, in exceptional cases, senior undergraduates.

Please note: The conference cannot offer travel or accommodation assistance, though a list of nearby hotels will be provided for those presenting papers.

There is no registration fee for this conference, which will be free and open to the public.

The conference will be held at the picturesque campus of Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida, between March 29 and 30, 2016.

Submission deadline for paper proposals: January 11, 2016

Notification of decisions: January 15, 2016

Contact Info:

Please submit an abstract of no more than 150 words, and a short biographical statement, to:

Courtney Sidbury, Assistant to the Director:


Dr. Paul Bartrop, Director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University:

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