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The 1936 Summer Olympics were known as Hitler's Games and were meant to demonstrate the power and athleticism of the German people.

To outdo the Los Angeles games of 1932, Germany built a new 100,000-seat track and field stadium. They also installed a closed-circuit television system and radio network and filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, a favourite of Adolf Hitler, was commissioned by the German Olympic Committee to film the Games for $7 million. Her film, titled Olympia, pioneered many of the techniques now common in the filming of sports.

The stadium is still in the same location, but has been modernised and most recently hosted the 2009 World Athletics Championships. Groups can take guided study tours of the facilities.

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