Games Show

A new exhibit presented by the Missouri Historical Society recalls one Olympics that was anything but fun and games

Jesse Owens made a mockery of Hitler's racist theories of the white master race at the 1936 Games.
photo courtesy of the Library of Congress
Jesse Owens made a mockery of Hitler's racist theories of the white master race at the 1936 Games.

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Sept. 17-Jan. 7
Cost is $5 for adults; $3 for seniors, students and tour groups; and free to members and children 6 and under
Information: 314-454-3150 or visit www.mohistory.org
Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue, Forest Park

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The smart money is on Sydney in 2000, though the Berlin Games did see one ambitious innovation that has become a permanent Olympic feature: the opening relay run with the torch starting from the site of the first Games. When you watch the torch passed this year, remember those denied a chance to carry it -- and those who refused to touch a torch tarnished by hatred and murder. "It's a vivid lesson of what human beings are capable of at our best and our worst," says Bob Archibald, president of the Missouri Historical Society, "a potent reminder that none of us should lose sight of."

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