By DPA

At 95, Margaret Lambert retains the demeanor of the star athlete she once was. Slim and fit, with a beautiful, wizened face, when she speaks – even of a dark, horrific past – her eyes become framed by scores of tiny laughter lines.

More than six decades after the fall of the Third Reich, and far removed from the land of her birth, Lambert spoke with the German Press Agency at her home in Queens, New York, of a very different time.

It was 1936, with the Summer Olympic Games scheduled to be held, amid much international consternation, in Berlin. She was then known as Gretel Bergmann, a star German Jewish high jumper who would be robbed of the opportunity of winning an Olympic gold.

This September, a film about her life is scheduled to open in theaters in Germany. “Berlin ’36” tells the long-forgotten story about the athlete from Laupheim in southern Germany, who was excluded from the German Olympic team because she was a Jew.

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