Wolfgang Fürstner, born 04-04-1896 in Berlin, Joseph Goebbels (see Joseph Goebbels) (did you know) was the Gauleiter of Berlin, was a German Wehrmacht captain. In 1936 Fürstner was the first commander, then vice-commander, of the Olympic village during the Berlin
Fürstner with (Rudolf Hess).
Olympic Games, summer 1936. To turn the summer Berlin Olympic Games into a showcase for other German achievements, Hitler (see Adolf Hitler) (did you know) made efforts to play down his regime’s notorious anti-Semitism. He allowed a few token Jews to represent the Reich, among them the fencer Helene Meyer, she died of breast cancer on 15-10-1953, age 42, the hockey star Rudi Ball, he died in Africa in September 1975, age 64 and Captain Wolfgang Fürstner, who built and organized the Olympic Village. At the end of June 1936 Fürstner was replaced by Lieutenant Colonel Werner Freiherr von und zu Gilsa, Fürstner was demoted to local vice-commander. Officially Fürstner’s demotion was due to the fact that “Fürstner did not act with the necessary energy,” because 370.000 visitors had poured through from the opening on the first of May to the 15th of June and caused damage. Probably this explanation was only a pretext to disparage Fürstner because he was half-Jewish, (see Anna Frank) and (see Wiesenthal). The non-Jewish Werner von Gilsa was promoted to General der Infanterie, and as last Wehrmacht commandant of Dresden, committed suicide 08-05-1945, age 56, in Leitmeritz, Poland.
Rudi Ball. Helene Meyer. Von Gilza.
On 19-08-1936, age 40 Fürstner committed suicide with a pistol shot three days after the end of the Games. he had been awarded the Olympic Medal First Class and had attended a banquet for his successor Gilsa. But Fürstner, a career officer, had learned that according to the Nuremberg Laws he was classified as a Jew and was to be dismissed from the Wehrmacht. In order to cover up Fürstner’s suicide and protect the international reputation of Germany, the Nazis said Fürstner’s death was the result of a car accident and Fürstner was buried in the Invalidenfriedhof in Berlin, only steps from the graves of Gestapo Reinhard Heydrich (see Heydrich), Fritz Todt (see Todt) Armaments Minister, Generaloberst Werner Fritsch (see Fritsch) and General Carl Gablenz (see Gablenz).