1936 Olympics pin
Date of Creation1936
GenreSports & Recreation
Place of CreationGermany
DescriptionWhite enamel pin featuring the Brandenburg Gate and Olympic rings commemorating the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Makers mark on reverse.
Measurements3.3 x 3 cm
InscriptionsRecto: 1936 / XI. OLYMPIADE BERLIN
Verso: GES. GESCH.
ProvenanceGifted to the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre in 2010 by Joanne Nokleby.
The donor's father, George Cresswell, served in Europe during the Second World War where she believes he traded for the pin while stationed in Germany.
Legal Statuspermanent collection
Credit LineCourtesy of Joanne Nokleby
NoteThe tradition of Olympic pin trading began more than a century ago with the first Olympics in Athens in 1896, when athletes, officials and media representatives were given small, colourful identification badges. Some participants traded these badges as a gesture of good will. Official souvenir pins for spectators, such as this pin from the Olympics in Nazi Germany, have been produced since 1912. This commemorative 1936 Summer Olympic pin features the Olympic rings with the Brandenburg Gate. The Brandenburg Gate, an important Berlin landmark, was once the main entrance to the city. In 1933, the Nazi Party marched through the Gate, which became a Nazi symbol, during a martial torch parade.