A Jewish athlete—who gave up a chance for Olympic glory to oppose Nazi rule—has died. Milton Green of Palm Beach passed away Tuesday at age 91. Green was a record-setting hurdler from Harvard. And despite the likelihood of his success, Green agreed to boycott the 1936 Berlin games. Nazi icons blanketed the event… and Germany had banned jewish athletes from its own team. In 1997—60 years later—Green was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Joe Sigmun is the hall’s founder—and met Green at the induction ceremony.
“In the mid 1930’s, he was one of the U.S.’s preeminent hurdlers. His unfortunate timing was that he came to his peak in time for the 1936 Olympic games—which were held in Berlin. And he became all but forgotten. He graduated Harvard. And there were no games in 1940 or ’44. So, his career as a track star was gone.”
Green stayed active throughout his life. At age 71, he took home six gold medals at the Florida Senior Olympics.
Thursday, 31 March 2005 01:00