On her 100th birthday, the high jumper got hundreds of postcards from Germans. Here’s why
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In 1934, you were Gretel Bergmann, a German Jew living safely in the U.K. Why did you go back to Germany?
I went back to Germany because my father came to [see me in] England–he could not use the telephone or write because the Nazis checked everything. He told me that I had to come back because the Nazis needed me for the 1936 Olympic team. They needed to show that Jews were not excluded, and I was the only Jewish person that had a chance. My family still lived in Germany. Had I not gone back, the Nazis would have killed them immediately.