Olympic Village 1936

"Never before were the Olympic athletes more comfortably and adequately accommodated."


I was never a great athlete, or even a sports fan, but I was nevertheless fascinated by the remains of the Olympic village near Berlin. For those interested in history in general and the Second World War in particular, Berlin has a lot to offer. I have been coming here for about 25 years now and I think it is fantastic to see the city, to see changes, and to taste the local Bier und Bratwurst. After all the visits I still have the feeling that I have not seen everything I want to see. At Easter 2018 I had the opportunity to visit the city again with two friends. This time there was something new on the program, namely the Olympic village. The Olympic Games of 1936 are of course known to everyone. Almost all history books about the Second World War mention the Olympic Games, three years after Adolf Hitler became Chancellor, as a true example of deception. The world was pulled the wool over the eyes with regards to the true intentions of the regime.


The Olympiastadion is still there and also still being used; the Hertha BSC Berlin football team uses it as it's home base. Although it has been modernized and now has a roof, it is still just as impressive. Tourists also know where to find the stadium complex, with around 300,000 visitors every year.
The Olympic village, on the other hand, the place where the male athletes were housed during the games, led a languishing existence all those years and is not well known. On this site I want to show more about the background, history and future of the village. And, by doing so, I make you part of my Passion for a Place!

We had a guided tour on Easter Monday 2018. We did not expect too much in advance; some dilapidated houses. But it turned out to be very interesting and the three hours were actually too short. After that I started to delve more into the games, in the village and in it's history. Because it is too much information for a printed article, this site has been created.
And, because I love old paper, all kinds of documents are also shown here. It fascinates me how buildings, people, ships; everything disappears, but the fragile paper has stood the test of time.

Top photo: section of the welcome poster that could be found in the atletes houses. It was available in all required languages.


Below: A map of the village from a brochure. Two things are remarkable here. First, we do not see the entire village. The 1.180 athletes from Japan, Hungary, Brazil, Poland, Denmark, Czechoslovakia, Romania and Germany were housed in adjacent 22. Flak regiment barracks because there was not enough space in the village. The barracks are not on the drawing.
Secondly, the map is rotated approximately 30° northwest. Apparently this gave a better picture.
 
Bottom photo: Stamp on a postcard, specially put in the village for collectors. In those years, collecting postal items with special stamps was very popular. You could buy a postal item or stamp sheet, or individual stamps with that stamp at a specific location. The village was such a location during the Olympic games.