The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics - Part 4: Touching the Divine, Chapter 16 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter Sixteen discusses the boys’ journey from America to Germany aboard the SS Manhattan, as well as the outrageous lengths Hitler and his Party went through to whitewash Germany of all the negative Nazi practices. As Joe and the rest of his crew slumbered aboard the SS Manhattan, Nazi police stormed the streets rounding up homeless people and gypsies, marching them through the streets at gunpoint to detention centers out of town. Later, of course, these unfortunate people would be some of the first victims of the Nazi work and death camps. Additionally, all the anti-Jewish signs and propaganda were being removed from streets and storefronts. Banned books were returned to shelves. “Along the railroad tracks on which the visitors would travel into Berlin, grimy buildings had been whitewashed, vacant apartment buildings had been rented out inexpensively, and identical window...

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