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The 1924 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the VIII Olympiad, were held in Berlin, Germany from May 4 to July 27.

Background

Berlin was selected to host the games in 1916. Unfortunately, the outbreak of the Weltkrieg forced the cancellation of the games. The 1920 games in Antwerp were also cancelled, despite the end of the primary fighting. Upon the end of the war, it was decided that Berlin would host the next Olympics

In a consolatory gesture, Germany invited members of the Entente powers to join the games. Bitter over their defeat, France declined to participate. The United Kingdom, faced with major economic problems and domestic unrest, accepted the invitation in order to boost morale.

Opening Ceremony

The Deutsches Stadion was the venue for the 1924 Olympics. The opening ceremony was presided over by Kaiser Wilhelm II. After a thirty minute speech in which he described the hardships Germany faced in the war, he held a two minute moment of silence in honor of all soldiers who perished. The centerpiece of the ceremony was an aerial flyover by members of the Luftstreitkräfte, lead by Captains Manfred von Richthofen and Hermann Göring.

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