Berlin 1936 http://www.bwbs.de/bwbs_biografie/index.php?l=en&p=wg&m=2&id=1435 Source: HW Visitors flocking to the opening ceremony through the eastern gate of the olympic stadium in Berlin On 1 August 1936 Adolf Hitler opens the XIth Olympic Summer Games in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium. With a massive propaganda display the National Socialists attempt to improve their negative image for foreign visitors and the international press. For this purpose all indications of any persecution of Jews in Germany are banned from public life for the duration of the competition. Filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl produces two films, „Festival of Beauty“ and „Festival of the Peoples“, which document the games attended by three million and held in the Nazis’ typical bombastic style. Olympic Torch arrives at the Olympic Stadium. Photograph courtesy Getty Images http://www.bharatiyahockey.org/granthalaya/champions/1936Olympics/page4.htm http://www.olympic.org/uk/games/past/index_uk.asp?OLGT=1&OLGY=1936 Berlin 2006 http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/photos/index.html?i=12&d=1 A Brazil fan is posing prior to the Brazil v Croatia Group F soccer match at the Olympic Stadium, Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, June 13, 2006. A Brazil fan is posing prior to the Brazil v Croatia Group F soccer match at the Olympic Stadium, Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, June 13, 2006. The other teams in Group F are Japan and Australia. (AP Photo/Jasper Juinen) Copyright: AP http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/match/11/photos.html?i=88&d=1 Not like the old days, eh? Wish I was there.