1936 Olympics Service Awards

 

The German Olympic Award (Deutsche Olympia-Ehrenzeichen) was a decoration awarded to administrators of the IV Olympic Winter Games in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the Games of the XI Olympiad in Berlin 1936.

The award was not intended for actual participants in the Olympic Games, but rather in recognition of those who had orchestrated the "behind the scenes" preparations and work for the events.

Several members of the SS, including, Reinhard Heydrich, Karl Wolff and Heinrich Himmler were awarded the Olympic Games decoration for providing security during the event. Hermann Fegelein was awarded the decoration for overseeing the preparation of the courses and facilities for the equestrian events, and Leni Riefenstahl for her work in filming the various sports events.

 

Classes


1st Class - Neck Order

2nd Class - for placement on a medal bar

German Olympic Commemorative Service Medal

 

 

Awards

 

The First Class was presented as a neck order.

A total of 767 were presented

 

Gebirgsjäger General Eduard Dietl with 1st Class neck order in wear

Gebirgsjäger General Eduard Dietl with 1st class Olympic neck order in wear

 

 

 

The 2nd class Olympic award was awarded to persons who played a significant, but lesser role as to the work which went into the presentation of the games.

A total of 3,364 were awarded

 

Police medal bar with the Olympic 2nd class award

 

 

Hiroshi Ōshima, the Japanese Ambassador to Berlin with2nd class Olympic medal in wear

Japanese Ambassador to Berlin, Hiroshi Ōshima, with 2nd class Olympic award in wear

 

 

 

The German Olympic Commemorative Service Medal (Deutsche Olympia-Erinnerungsmedaille) was established to recognize service in connection with the preparation work and execution of the games.

The medal was not restricted to German nationals

Over 50,000 were awarded

 

Presentation case - 1936 German Olympics Commemorative Service Medal

 

Presentation case for the German Olympic Commemorative Service Medal

 

German Olympic Commemorative Service Medal

1936 German Olympic Commemorative Service Medal

 

 

Medal bar with the Olympic Commemorative Service medal

Medalbar with the Olympic Commemorative Service medal

 

 

 

Olympic Commemorative Service medal in wear

Olympic Commemorative Service medal in wear

 

 

 

All classes could be worn, as per regulations, on a ribbon bar. Both the Olympic 2nd class award and the Commemorative Service medal were mounted on plain ribbons

 

Police ribbon bar with the Olympic Commemorative Service medal

 

The 1st class Olympic neck order, when worn on a ribbon bar, had an attachment in the form of an eagle to distinguish it from the 2nd class award and Commemorative Service medal

 

SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich with ribbon bar in wear

Holder of the the 1st class Olympic neck order, SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich with ribbon bar in wear

 

A close-up shows the eagle attachment of the 1st class award when worn on the ribbon bar (top row, third from the left)

 

 

 

Official Visitor Badges

 

 

The five Olympic rings was utilized as a publicity badge for the Games as early as 1935 with a total sale of 400,000

 

Olympic badge for visitors

publicity badge for the 1936 Olympic Games

 

 

The Organizing Committee decided to produce a special visitor's badge to be sold after the opening of the Festival. As with the earlier Olympic rings badge, Professor Raemisch was also entrusted with the design of the new badge.

 

In tombak and ivory enamel, a total of 675,000 were produced

 

visitor badge

The official badge for the 1936 Summer Olympic Games held in Berlin

 

 

 

1936 winter Olympic games badge

The official badge for the 1936 winter Olympic Games held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria

 

 

 

 

 

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