Olympic oaks

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Tilly Fleischer with her oak

The Olympic oaks or, informally, Hitler oaks are the English oak trees grown from the year-old saplings given to the gold medal winners of the 1936 Olympic Games, in Berlin, which was seen as Adolf Hitler's games. They were called "Olympic oaks" at the time. Not many are known, and fewer have survived. Not all of the trees, if any, were presented by Hitler; Lovelock's, for example, was presented by Dr Theodor Lewald, and Boardman's was collected by members of his crew. 130 gold medals were awarded, and a corresponding number of trees.


While the largest number of oaks were given to German athletes, who won the most medals, many are said to be planted near the stadium, though no record was kept, and they would be difficult to identify among the many oaks in the vicinity.

New Zealand[edit]


  • Ivar Johansson's tree is in Folkparken, Norrköping. The tree was first planted in Johanssons private garden, but in 1960 it was donated to the city of Norrköping.
Ivar Johanssons Olympic Oak in Norrköping, Sweden

United Kingdom[edit]

  • The sapling presented to Jack Beresford was planted in the grounds of Bedford School.[2] It was removed many years later when building work was undertaken. The wood was used to make presentation shields for the rowing club.[3]
  • Harold Whitlock's sapling was presented to Hendon School, and was removed due to fungal disease in July 2007.[4]
  • Christopher Boardman's oak was planted in How Hill, Norfolk but was eventually killed by honey fungus. In early 2017 the remaining tree stump was carved into a sailing boat and olympic rings.[5]

United States[edit]

Woodruff's Olympic Oak in Connellsville, PA

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Holden, Joanne (April 2, 2018). "Timaru's Jack Lovelock oak inspires photo exhibition of others gifted by Adolf Hitler". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 2019-10-08.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ Arthur Mee (January 1951) [April 1939]. The Counties of Bedford and Huntingdon. The King's England. p. 23.
  3. ^ "Greg Denieffe: 'Hitler Oaks'". Hear The Boat Sing. Retrieved 2017-09-25.
  4. ^ a b "Hitler's Olympic oak gift to Briton axed | UK news". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-09-19.
  5. ^ "History". How Hill Trust. Retrieved 2022-06-10.
  6. ^ Vince Grzegorek. "Jesse Owens' Tree from Hitler in Cleveland | Scene and Heard: Scene's News Blog". clevescene.com. Retrieved 2017-09-25.
  7. ^ Crowe, Jerry (2007-08-20). "To protect and preserve a tree rooted in Games". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2019-10-08.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ Arango, Tim (2022-05-28). "In Los Angeles, a Tree With Stories to Tell". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-05-28.
  9. ^ "75 years later, Connellsville still celebrating Woodruff's legend | TribLIVE.com". archive.triblive.com. Retrieved 2019-10-08.

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