Sport in Divided Germany

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History and Public Policy Program, Woodrow Wilson Centre, Washington DC

The occupation and division of Germany following WWII created huge disruptions in the country’s sport culture. Athletes were considered “diplomats in a tracksuit” and their victories and defeats highly politicized. Dr. Jutta Braun speaks about the lengths the East German regime went to in order to win and to maintain control over its athletes. Episode notes:…d-germany

Sport in the Cold War is hosted by Vince Hunt, and features insightful discussions with expert historians. Supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and directed by Professor Robert Edelman (UC San Diego), Professor Christopher Young (University of Cambridge), and Dr. Christian Ostermann (History and Public Policy Program, Woodrow Wilson Center).

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