One cold gray day in early December, Adolph became very ill. He had diphtheria. This was a time when as many as 13,000 to 17,000 children died every year from the disease in the United States alone. According to the doctor, it was very serious.
The Rio Games were supposed to be as much a disaster as the 1936 Berlin games were to be a showcase of Hitler’s warped belief in racial supremacy. But in both cases, the outcome has been something very different.