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Jewish sporting event to be held at Nazi site

Published 20/07/2015

Adolf Hitler and Hermann Goering pictured in August 1936 watching events on the field at the Olympics in Berlin (AP)
Adolf Hitler and Hermann Goering pictured in August 1936 watching events on the field at the Olympics in Berlin (AP)

Europe's largest Jewish sporting event is to be staged in Germany for the first time, bringing more than 2,000 athletes together from around the world to compete at a site constructed by the Nazis for the 1936 Olympics.

The decision to host the 14th European Maccabi Games in Berlin was a difficult one, organiser Alon Meyer said, but should be seen as a "signal of reconciliation" 70 years after the end of the Second World War.

The games, being held from July 27 to August 5, take place every four years and were last staged in Vienna.

This year, some 2,300 athletes from 38 countries are expected. Though only Jewish athletes can compete in events, "let's play together" matches are also being staged with non-Jewish professional and celebrity teams.

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