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Miss Bergmann Dropped from German Olympic Team

July 17, 1936
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Greta Bergmann, “non-Aryan” high-jump champion, has been dropped from the German Olympic team and Helene Mayer, half-Jewish fencing star, put in fourteenth place, it was revealed today with publication of the official list of the team.

Miss Mayer, who resides in California, and is now the only “non-Aryan” on the German team, occupies fourteenth place despite the fact that she is expected to win the fencing championship for Germany.

Der Angriff, Propaganda Minister Goebbels’ paper, explains the dropping of Miss Bergmann on the ground that the German Olympic Committee had decided to reduce the number of high-jumpers by eliminating one woman from the team.

This action was taken, the paper says, because Germany has no chance of taking first place in the high-jump event, owing to the excellence of the American and Japanese competitors.

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