European Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Apr 15 1968, Page 11

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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - April 15, 1968, Darmstadt, HesseStripes a i 8111 i a Jesse Owens goes Back to Berlin Jesse Owens Holder of one of the proudest records in sports history Hopes to set an example for the youth of America even 32 years after his greatest Triumph. Owens then a thin 22-year-old negro who grew up As a sharecropper s son in Danville ala., handed Hitler theory of racial superiority a crushing setback when he won four Gold medal sin the 1936 olympics to Berlin now he sees a striking similarity be tween his year of glory and the 1968 games to be held in Mexico City. Then we had the jewish problem and now we have the civil rights ques Tion Owens said. The parallel is real because the social problem is a vital one to the in a modest Way Owens feels disown Story May be of value to some of today s youngsters who must decide whether or not to compete in Mexico. Militant civil rights leaders have called for a negro Boycott of the olympics they feel changes Haven t Bee made fast enough and they Call me old fashioned for believing As i do Owen said. But i feel changes Are being mad for the better and i also feel that the olympics should not be used As a Battleground for civil Owens who owns a Public relation firm in Chicago said he has received 1,500 letters supporting his stand an not one against it. The Story of Owens greatest moment including the tension the Emo Tion and the hypnotized singularity of the German crowds has been brought to life in a stirring one hour to documentary Jesse Owens returns to Ber it the mayor of West Berlin leans Over the railing of the olympic stadium and says Jesse Owens 15 years ago Adolph Hitler refused to shake your hand. Today i will try to make up for it by shaking both of and heroes. It was 1951. Owens under the watch Ful Eye of the Man who had called him one of the United states Blac legions had turned 1936 into a bad year for the theory of aryan athletic supremacy. The finals of All the events involving Wens Are shown As he wins the 100 and 200 meters and the Broad jump and runs a leg on the triumphant 400-meter relay team. Owens made some Little known revelations during his commentary in the the United states was the Only s 17 which did t dip to As in re � to a Tler dog the opening Parade the nations. There was no mistaking Nat we would do Owens relates. We ovens chief rival in the Broad jump Ivas i German. Ivhon Jesse the tip helped. 99 monday april 15, 1968 i Jesse seems lost Ini vast empty Berlin stadium where he made sports history More than 30 years ago. Owens feels his own Story May be of value to some of today ,5 youngsters. Owens name was carved on the Honor Roll at the olympic stadium. The Svars and stripes were instructed to put our Caps Over our hearts As we passed in Owens chief rival in the Broa jump was Lutz Long a German and it was he who gave Jesse the tip that helped him win. Long later walked Arm in Arm with Owens in front of Hitler Box. During Jesse s return to Berlin Long s son visited him in the olympic stadium. Owens was on the verge of being eliminated from the Long jump in the trials when Long helped him Lay a line fro which to jump that got him into the finals. Owens finally won with a jump of 26feet, 5 5-16 inches and Long is shown putting his Arm around Owens and the two walking Down the pit directly in front of Hitler s special athlete showed a special Grace and a special Courtesy when needed it Owens said. When Owens returned Home and received a ticker tape reception in new York an unknown admirer threw a paper bag into his car. Owens did t Dis cover until hours later that the bag contained $10,000. He importance of the olympics to the nazis can scarcely be Over emphasized. It was a fantastic propaganda Effort with the entire cast of German leaders involved from Start to finish. Persecution of the jews was suspended during the month of August. Goebbels harangued the Hitler youth about the irresponsibility in the games. The olym Pic Torch was carried into the stadium accompanied by nothing less than the hallelujah remembered is Hitler s refusal to Greet another american negro Goldmedal Winner and the International olympic committee s admonition that Hitler would either Greet All the win ners or none. He chose to Greet none Choice that does not bother Owens Espe cially."1 look at it this Way Owens says near the end of the m Here and he s not and that s Good enough for a up Page 11

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