In 1936 Games, a Mills College teacher with Jewish roots won silver for Nazi Germany

Helene Mayer, a teacher at Oakland’s Mills College and one of two Jews allowed to compete for Nazi Germany in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, won a silver medal in fencing – and celebrated her achievement by saluting Hitler. Although Mayer apparently did not think of herself as Jewish, the regime did: Her father was a … Continue reading In 1936 Games, a Mills College teacher with Jewish roots won silver for Nazi Germany