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Exhibit revisits dark corner of Olympic past
By ERIC ADLER
The Kansas City Star
DAVID PULLIAM | THE KANSAS CITY STAR
“I remember the stadium was decked in flags. … The swastikas. They flew all over the place,â€? said Gustave Eisemann, who has a propaganda book recounting the 1936 Olympics.

Seventy years later, Gustave Eisemann remembers.

The countless Nazi banners and swastikas dangling above the streets. The fortress walls of Berlin’s Olympic stadium, built as a neoclassical symbol of Adolf Hitler’s “master race.â€?

He hears his mother’s warning to her then-10-year-old Jewish son.

“My mother was concerned,â€? Eisemann, now 80 and a retired Mission Hills physician, recalled. “My mother said, ‘Be sure, if you have to salute, to make the Heil Hitler salute.’ She was scared.â€?