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Raising the bar

As well as cultural diversity and heroic achievements, the history of the Olympic Games can open up discussions about discrimination. Robert Hume's novel Clearing the Bar: one girl's Olympics dream explores the persecution rife in the 1936 Berlin Games.

What is it?

A novelisation of the story of Gretel Bergmann, a world record-breaking high jumper whose Olympic dream was shattered because, as a Jew, she was denied the chance to compete in Berlin.

Hume, a former teacher and historical novelist, combines Bergmann's story with a history of the Nazis' anti-Semitism. The story comes with a number of learning activities and resources, including a timeline of Bergmann's life, a list of the anti-Semitic policies of the Nazis, a record of the modern Olympic venues, a quiz and a crossword.

How can it be used?

The novel, aimed at key stage 3 pupils, can help combine learning about Olympic history and VE Day (8 May). For more on Nazi anti-Semitism, try NGfLCymru's resources.

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