1936 Berlin Summer Olympics Logo (Print).svg
Designer:  Johannes Boehland
Typography:  Fraktur (motto)
Launched:  Unknown

The logo of the 1936 Summer Olympics was designed by German Painter Johannes Boehland (1903 - 1964). Boehland's original concept included the German Imperial Eagle or Reichsadler holding the Five Olympic Rings and the Brandenburg Gate. This concept was rejected by the at time President of the Olympic organizing committee for the Berlin games, Theodor Lewald (1860 – 1947), who suggested Boehland to open the lower part of the initial logo, which later became the motive of the Olympic Bell or Olympiaglocke in German.

The final version was the Olympic Bell with a relief of the Reichsadler holding a modified version of the Olympic rings logo. The rim of the bell, was inscribed with the sentence “Ich rufe die Jugend der Welt!" (I call the youth of the world! in German).

The Bell logo was used intensively in several advertisement materials for the games, from books and posters, to postcards and stamps. Lewald eventually commissioned the creation of a functional Olympic Bell with Boehland design and it was sculpted by Walter Lemcke (1891 – 1955), who was also responsible for the making of the Olympic Torch. The 9.6-ton steel Bell was rung at the inauguration of the games at Bell Tower of the Berlin Olympic Stadium. The original Olympic Bell Tower was used as a furnace chimney by the Soviets and finally it was demolished by the British at the end of World War II, damaging the Olympic Bell beyond reparation. It is now exhibited outside the south gate of the Olympiastadion as a memorial to athletes who lost their lives during the war.

See also


Los Angeles 1932
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London 1948