“Jesse Owens”

Monday, April 30, 2012

Laurens Grant, producer and director of the documentary “Jesse Owens,” tells the story of the athlete whose triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games captivated the world, even as it infuriated the Nazis. Owens’ grace and athleticism rallied crowds around the world, yet when the Olympic gold medalist returned home to America, he couldn’t ride in the front of a bus. “Jesse Owens” premieres on the PBS series American Experience May 1, 2012 at 8:00 pm.


Laurens Grant

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btw, a 1936 New Yorker piece's gentle treatment of Hitler gives some perspective on the failure to appreciate the coming horrors

Apr. 30 2012 01:59 PM
Bob Hancock from NYC

I just returned from Berlin where I saw the exposition at The Typography of Terror center on the grounds of the former Gestapo headquarters. The specifically reference the event of Hitler not shaking hands with Jesse Owens, and state that it is commonly attributed to racism, but that the President of the Olympic Committee had asked Hitler, in advance, not to shake the hands of any of the competitors.

Apr. 30 2012 01:58 PM

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