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 eleven members of the Israeli team. In the first cultural and political history of the Munich Olympics, Kay Schiller and Christopher Young set these Games in both the context of 1972 and the history of the modern Olympiad. Delving into newly available documents, Schiller and Young chronicle the impact of the Munich Games on West German society and deliver the first full account of one of the most significant moments in postwar German history.
"Schiller and Young have taken an almost unmanageable mass of information and turned it into a lively, engaging, insightful narrative that places the Games at the very center of modern German history." ALLEN GUTTMANN, author of The Olympics: A History of the Modern Games and recipient of the International Olympics Committee President's Award for historical scholarship.
"The great strength of this stimulating, far-reaching book lies in its ability to excavate the uncanny proximity between the 1972 Munich Olympics and the 1936 Berlin Games and between the 1972 tragedy and our own imperfect effort to somehow both ignore and fight terror." PETER FRITZSCHE, author of Life and Death in the Third Reich
"This book is nothing short of a tour de force on every conceivable level: the breadth of its topics, the depth of its research, the elegance of its writing, and the acuity of its argumentation. It is a must-read for anybody interested in the Olympics and sports, just as it is for those wanting to learn exquisite details and appreciate wondrous insights about German politics and society." ANDREI S. MARKOVITS, coauthor of Gaming the World: How Sports Are Reshaping Global Politics and Culture
"This is an outstanding book, which will undoubtedly be the definitive treatment of the subject for a long time to come." German Studies Review "Ambitious and exciting ... a far-reaching yet richly textured portrait of the Federal Republic at a pivotal moment." Central European History
Series: Weimar and Now: German Cultural Criticism
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 3rd August 2010
Publisher: UNIV OF CALIFORNIA PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 14.61
Weight (kg): 0.5