Berlin 36

Berlin Opening the festival Feb. 10 (also Feb. 13) is ‘Berlin 36,’ an account of German Olympic high jumper Gretel Bergmann. When the United States insists it will boycott the games if Jewish athletes are not included in the Berlin Olympics, Gretel’s family is threatened if she does not compete on the German team. As soon as the Americans are air-bound, however, Hitler hijacks the games to further Nazi propaganda and a second-stringer with secrets of her own replaces Gretel. Raw emotion trumps both sports and politics in this tale of courage and deceit.

Berlin36
Gretel (Karoline Herfurth) tanzt ausgelassen in einem Pub in London

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