The Legacy of Berlin 1936 and the German Past

Kay Schiller and Christopher Young

in The 1972 Munich Olympics and the Making of Modern Germany

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780520262133
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947580 | DOI:
The Legacy of Berlin 1936 and the German Past

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This chapter explores the impact of the controversial 1936 Berlin Games on Munich's hosting of the 1972 Olympics. It examines the relationship between the International Olympic Committiee (IOC) and the Nazis in 1936. It investigates how the younger members of the committee, throughout the 1960s, had harnessed various currents of discontent in a bid to topple Mayor Brundage. It talks about how the people who organized the Olympic Games in the Federal Republic were appointed and enumerates the public personalities of 1936 who were invited to Munich to launch the 1972 domestic publicity campaign live on Second German Television. This chapter also discusses the controversies enveloped in the flame lighting ceremony or the torch relay, as well as its effects on the Games itself. It notes that the contradictions over the treatment of inherited events continued into the IOC's handling of particular places, and, where possible, the organizers avoided potent memories of the Nazi regime.

Keywords: Berlin; 1936; Munich; International Olympic Committee; Nazis; Mayor Brundage; television; Federal Republic

Chapter.  15109 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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