Nazi Olympic Village Remains Abandoned 76 Years Later (PHOTOS)

PHOTOS: An Abandoned Olympic Village

The London Olympics begin in just under a month and city officials already have a detailed plan for what will become of the new stadiums and villages post-Games. This stress on responsible development has been a hallmark of the modern games, but wasn't always the prevailing mindset.

On the western edge of Berlin sits the remains of the 1936 Olympic site, where Jesse Owens won four gold medals to the chagrin of noted race theorist, maniac and dictator Adolf Hitler. Though it was once the pride of Germany, the site has since fallen into disrepair.

One man is trying to save this piece of his country's fraught Olympic past from the historical scrapheap.

Sven Voege plans to rent out some of the former Village sites as exhibition spaces. Voege tells The Daily Mail that the historic site should not be lost forever in the shadow of Hitler and the horrible conflict that followed the games.

"It is a shame," says Voege. "Because it is inextricably bound up with Nazism, most Germans avoid it. It is a place that lives and breathes sportsmanship and history, side by side. But German history is something we shun because of our past."

These images, showing what remains of the 1936 Olympic site, including Jesse Owens' room, make a strong argument not only for planning ahead London-style, but for confronting the past in service of the future.

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Abandoned Olympic Village

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