Hitler's Aryan policies and increasing racial discrimination against the Jews led the USA to threaten a boycott of the 1936 Olympic Games. The Americans insisted that Jews be allowed onto their team and specifically demanded the participation of Jewish high jumper Gretel Bergmann (Karoline Herfurth), who was the leading high jumper of her time.
The Nazis reluctantly included Gretel in their Olympic team, but to ensure that she didn't win gold they also included a mysterious German rival, the unknown Marie Ketteler (Sebastian Urzendowsky).
Like Gretel, Marie is also an outsider within the German team and both athletes soon form a strong bond of friendship and mutual support. But Marie hides a dark secret known only by the Nazi elite, a secret so dangerous it could completely undermine their Olympics success.
Inspired by true events, Berlin 36 is one of the biggest Olympic scandals ever told.