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The 1972 Munich Olympics and the Making of Modern Germany
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The 1972 Munich Olympics and the Making of Modern Germany

Kay Schiller

Abstract

The 1972 Munich Olympics—remembered almost exclusively for the devastating terrorist attack on the Israeli team—were intended to showcase the New Germany and replace lingering memories of the Third Reich. That hope was all but obliterated in the early hours of September 5, when gun-wielding Palestinians murdered 11 members of the Israeli team. By presenting a cultural and political history of the Munich Olympics, this text sets these Games into both the context of 1972 and the history of the modern Olympiad. Delving into newly available documents, the chapters chronicle the impact of the Munic ... More

Keywords: Munich Olympics, terrorism, Israel, New Germany, Third Reich, Palestine

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780520262133
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520262133.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kay Schiller, author