November 14, 2017
By Rachel Ho
MADRID – In 1936, German-Jewish track & field athlete, Margaret “Gretel” Bergmann, was barred from competing in the Olympic Games despite being considered amongst the best in Germany. From her time as a decorated athlete to her place in history and reconciliation with the past, The Margaret Lambert Story is an intimate portrait of one woman’s personal journey in a new documentary from the Olympic Channel.
The Olympic Channel premiere of the short documentary took place the day before at the Villa located on the street “Gretel-Bergmann-Weg” in Olympia park in Berlin, Germany. The event was attended by special guests Walther Troeger, who appears in the film, German high jumping legend Heike Henkel, and an audience that included many members representing the local sports community.
The short documentary has been accepted into 14 film festivals and has received several honours from the industry including wins at the Cleveland International Film Festival, Queensworld Film Festival and the Washington Jewish Film Festival.
In The Margaret Lambert Story (23 min./documentary), Margaret, at 102 years old and just prior to her death in July 2017, tells her story with clarity and heart alongside various members of the international sports community who are an integral part of keeping her story alive.
Born Margarethe Bergmann in Laupheim, Germany, Margaret “Gretel” Lambert (12 April 1914 – 25 July 2017) was a Jewish track and field athlete poised to represent her Germany in the 1936 Olympic Games. Days before the competition, Lambert, one of the best female high jumpers in the world at the time, was given a letter stating she was “disqualified” and replaced with a mysterious jumper whose participation raised more questions than answers.