To boycott or not to boycott? That was the question asked by nations and athletes in 1936 as Nazi Germany was set to host the Winter and Summer Olympic Games. More than Just Games (University of Toronto, 2015) explores Canada's participation in the controversial 1936 Olympics. Officials and supporters who wanted Canada to take part believed national pride trumped international politics. Many of the athletes, driven by passion and dedication to their sport, wanted to compete. Those opposing Canada's participation campaigned for a boycott through organized protests, letter-writing and debates. The voices of opposition went unheard as Canada's Olympic representatives, at a closed-door meeting and without any discussion, decided Canadian athletes would attend.

Richard Menkis is an associate professor of History and Religious Studies at the University of British Columbia. He is also co-editor of the Canadian Jewish Studies Reader.


More than Just Games: Canada and the 1936 Olympics (University of Toronto Press, 2015) $27.95 9781442626904. Co-written with Harold Troper.


UBC-based editor of:
The Canadian Jewish studies reader. Calgary, Red Deer Press, 2004.

[BCBW 2015]