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  • Helene Mayer was a world champion Olympic fencer who competed for Nazi Germany in the 1936 Summer Olympics, despite having been forced to leave Germany and resettle in the United States because she was of partial Jewish family background. Mayer was born in Offenbach am Main, the daughter of Ida and Ludwig Mayer, a physician. Her father was Jewish and her mother was Lutheran. She was Jewish, according to the book Jews and the Olympic Games, and was born in Offenbach am Main. According to an article in the Daily Herald, entitled "In Helene Mayer, a Jewish athlete who competed for Germany in 1936, an Olympic mystery remains", "Most accounts of Mayer's life say she did not consider herself Jewish".

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