Germany restores 1936 athletic record to Jewish woman


(JTA) — Germany restored the 1936 high jump record to a Jewish woman.

Gretel Bergmann was kicked off the German 1936 Olympic track and field team, which she joined in 1934, because she was Jewish, despite matching the high-jump record of 5 feet, 3 inches.

Bergmann, now known as Margaret Lambert, 95, lives in the Queens borough of New York City.

She has been recognized by the German track and field association in past years. Restoring her record is an "act of justice and a symbolic gesture,"  the association said Monday, The Associated Press reported.

She fled Nazi Germany in 1937 for New York.  

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