Berlin 1936 – Emblem

Designer: Johannes Boehland


The artist Johannes Boehland’s first design for the emblem of the 1936 Berlin Games depicts the imperial eagle with the five Olympic rings at its feet and the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin’s landmark. Theodor Lewald, President of the Organising Committee, was not satisfied with this combination of symbols. He asked the artist to place the eagle on a bell and to do without the Brandenburg Gate; in 1932 Lewald had already sketched out his idea of a bell, which would now serve as a model. Eventually, Boehland’s final drawing with the imperial eagle and the five Olympic rings on the Olympic bell served as the ultimate variant of the emblem. In addition to the official emblem that resulted in several supplementary versions, the imperial eagle with the Olympic rings was also used individually, as well as the idea of the Brandenburg Gate with the Olympic rings, designed by Prof. Raemisch.