The End of the Games

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 End of the Games

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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

Chapter.  14713 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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