PENICUIK TOWN HALL OPEN HOUSE EXHIBITION

SATURDAY 23 JUNE 2012

 

HITLERíS GAMES

Pictures of the 1936 Berlin Olympiad

 

 

 

A side of sport the Olympic competitors didnít see

JOHANN TROLLMANN

Johann Wilhelm Trollmann (27 December 1907 - 9 February 1943)

was a German Sinto (Romani) boxer who came to prominence in the late 1920s.In June 1933, he fought for the German light-heavyweight title and although he clearly led by points over his opponent Adolf Witt, the fight was judged "no result". The audience rebelled, and Nazi officials were forced to acknowledge Trollmann as the victor.Six days later he was again stripped of the title and a new fight was scheduled for July, with Gustav Eder as Trollmann's opponent.Trollmann was threatened that he had to change his "dancing" style or lose his license. Trollmann, of Sinti heritage, arrived the day of the match with his hair dyed blonde and his body whitened with flour, the caricature of an Aryan.He took the blows of his opponent for five rounds before he collapsed.Persecution of Sinti and Roma in Germany dramatically increased in the following years. Sterilization was encouraged as a way to avoid internment in concent-ration camps, and Trollmann underwent this operation. In 1939 he was drafted into the Wehrmacht, and fought on the eastern front. He was wounded in 1941 and was returned to Germany. The Gestapo arrested him in June 1942, and he was interned inNeuengamme concentration camp. He tried to keep a low profile, but the commandant had been a boxing official and recognized him.Trollmann was later attacked and killed with a shovel by a prison trusty at the adjacent Wittenberge camp, aged just 36

information from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, as at June 2012

 

To mark the

PASSING OF THE OLYMPIC TORCH THROUGH PENICUIK

earlier this month, and the soon-to-open

2012 OLYMPIC GAMES IN LONDON

this exhibition and its postscript was shown at

PENICUIK OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY 23 JUNE 2012

and at

PENICUIK CINEMA IN THE TOWN HALL 24 JUNE 2012

 

 

 

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