The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center says it took four years to acquire its latest traveling exhibition, the same time-span that exists between two summer Olympic Games.
That wasn’t a coincidence, said Museum Chief Curator of Collections and Exhibitions Arielle Weininger. Since the new exhibition, on loan from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, probes deeply into the seminal and historically significant 1936 Olympics in Berlin, the goal was always to open it during a summer Olympic year, she said.
This year also marks the 80th anniversary of the games — forever remembered for the four gold medals track-and-field star Jesse Owens captured right in Hitler’s own backyard. Three years later, Germany would invade Poland to ignite World War II.