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The 1972 Munich Olympics and the Making of Modern Germany$
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Kay Schiller

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520262133

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520262133.001.0001

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The End of the Games

The End of the Games

Germany, the Middle East, and the Terrorist Attack

(p.187) 7 The End of the Games
The 1972 Munich Olympics and the Making of Modern Germany

Kay Schiller

Christopher Young

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the relationship regarding sports between Germany and Israel and how it affected the Munich Games. It notes that in the mid-1960s, Germany's delicate balance between its moral responsibility to Israel and economic and foreign policy interests in the Arab states was toppled over clandestine weapons deliveries to Israel, Egypt's threat to formalize ties with the GDR, and the Federal Republic's full recognition of Israel. It narrates the attack of the Palestinian terrorist commando, who were in their late teens and twenties, on the Israeli delegation on the evening of 4 September 1972. It also explores the political aftermath of the terrorist attack.

Keywords:   Germany, Israel, Palestinians, Egypt, Arab world, Munich Games, GDR, Federal Republic, politics, terrorist attack

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