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    The Olympic stadium in West Berlin, built for Hitler's Third Reich to host the 1936 Olympic Games, is to be used again for international sport when the World Cup finals start next week.

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    The Olympic stadium in West Berlin, built for Hitler's Third Reich to host the 1936 Olympic Games, is to be used again for international sport when the World Cup finals start next week.

    More than 85,000 people will pack into the stadium to see West Germany play their opening game against Chile, on Friday (June 14).

    And, as the 1936 Games ended in controversy, it seems the 1974 World Cup match in Berlin will open amid similar international discord.

    In 1936, many national teams objected to the suggestion that they give the Nazi salute when entering the stadium. But the biggest storm erupted when the black American sprinter Jesse Owens scooped the medals in what had been intended as a triumph for Nazi superiority. When Owens won the 100 metres race, Adolf Hitler and his entourage walked out of the stadium without waiting for the medal ceremony.

    The present controversy surrounds West Germany's oponents, Chile. They are in the World Cup finals only because the Soviet Union refused to meet them in the play-off for their group, in protest against the right-wing takeover in chile. As a result, west German authorities expect demonstrations against the Chileans when the game takes place.

    The Berlin stadium itself has survived remarkably well. It escaped severe damage during the wartime bombing of Berlin. Lying within the British sector of West Berlin, part of the stadium was used, for a time, as an Army shooting range. It is now the home ground of a West Germany soccer club, Hertha FC.

    The Nazis built it as a prestige project - part of the enormous propaganda effort surrounding the 1936 Games - and most of its original facilities are still intact. However, to bring it up to standard for the World Cup, West German authorities have spent over 26 million DMarks (about 4 million sterling) on partially roofing the ground and installing a powerful floodlighting system. It is now the largest stadium to be used in the 1974 World Cup finals.

    SYNOPSIS: There was controversy, too, when the 1936 Olympic Games were held here in Berlin. Held only three years after Adolf Hitler came to power at the head of the Nazi regime, the Olympics were staged here as part of a gigantic propoganda exercise designed to promote the image of the Third Reich. It took two years and millions of Reichmarks to build the stadium and stage the Gan???

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    Film ID:
    VLVACUFPC4M3O1XEVHUH4RCPSAYV5
    Media URN:
    VLVACUFPC4M3O1XEVHUH4RCPSAYV5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/06/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:24:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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